MetFern Cemetery

MetFern Cemetery in Waltham, Massachusetts is the shared gravesite between Metropolitan State Hospital and the Fernald State School patients. The cemetery was used from 1947 until 1979 with roughly 310 burials, most of which are not easily identifiable at the moment. Headstones have sunk or gone missing, many have deteriorated because of the type of…

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Fernald State School

My particular passion over the last two years, the Fernald State School was the first institution created in the Western Hemisphere for the care of the developmentally disabled. Founded in 1848 by renowned reformer Samuel Gridley Howe, the institution opened in South Boston as a school to train feebleminded youth. As time went on, more…

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Tewksbury Hospital Cemetery

Due to the virtuous efforts of a member of the Tewksbury community, Tom Marshall, work has been ongoing for the last two years at the Tewksbury Hospital Pines Cemetery. Tewksbury Hospital started as an almshouse and was opened in May of 1854. What started as an institution for paupers quickly shifted towards those suffering from…

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Cardinal Cushing Exhibit

2019 marks the 75th anniversary of Richard Cardinal Cushing’s ascension to Archbishop of Boston and 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of his death. Cushing was a man of greatness – he advocated for inter-religious dialogue among denominations and faiths, he ministered to the masses to make the Roman Catholic Church more accessible for the everyday…

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Long Island Hospital

Although the Long Island Hospital has long been defunct, the buildings and history remain isolated in the Boston Harbor.  Long Island is but a short boat trip away from the mainland of Boston and is the largest island in the Boston Harbor. The island has had numerous functions over its long history, however the most…

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