A project born out of my work at the Fernald State School & Metropolitan State Hospital’s MetFern cemetery and the Tewksbury Hospital Cemetery, I have been conducting research to determine the current state of all the state school and state hospital cemeteries in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

At this time, I have visited all of these cemeteries, bar about two or three, and have assessed the status of the cemetery through photo documentation. A selection of the images are below:

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I was selected as the Student Presenter for the 2017 Association of Gravestone Studies Annual Conference in Tuscaloosa, Alabama where I presented “‘Feeble Stones’: Graves of the Developmentally Disabled in Massachusetts.” This presentation, although focused primarily on cemeteries of the disabled, briefly touched on my research of institutions throughout Massachusetts.

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More research and presentations to come regarding my work on this topic!