On Sunday, March 25 at 2:00 pm, photographer Phil Buehler and Woody Guthrie’s granddaughter, Anna Guthrie Canoni, will share stories and photographs from the folk singer’s days at Greystone Park.
Guthrie, who suffered from Huntington’s Disease, a degenerative neurological disorder, was a patient at Greystone from 1956 through 1961. He lived in Ward 40 and referred to it as Wardy Forty. It was here that a young and unknown Bob Dylan met his idol and a musical torch was passed.
Buehler has dedicated much of his life exploring the ruins of 20th Century America. While visiting Greystone, Buehler stumbled upon photographs and negatives of Guthrie as a patient. He reached out to Guthrie’s daughter, Nora, at the Woody Guthrie Foundation and Archives, and with Guthrie’s case number in hand, Buehler began a 10-year odyssey that resulted in a book, co-authored with Guthrie Canoni: Woody Guthrie’s Wardy Forty: Greystone State Hospital Revisited.
Buehler and Guthrie Canoni’s presentation will include untold and inspiring stories of Woody’s life at Greystone. Images of the decaying hospital are juxtaposed with Guthrie’s letters, family snapshots, home movies, and recollections of his friends, family, and doctors.
A book signing for Buehler and Guthrie Canoni’s book will follow their presentation.
Seating is limited and reservations are required. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for students, and free for MCHS members and children under 12. To make reservations, click the PayPal link to the right, call (973) 267-3465, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are non-refundable.
Photograph courtesy of Phil Buehler and Anna Guthrie Canoni.