Roosevelt Island Historical Society
supported by Amalgamated Bank
and New York Public Library
Presents 2016 Spring Lecture Series
THE STORIES OF THE SUITCASES
Tuesday, February 9 at 6:30 p.m.
When Willard Psychiatric Center closed in 1995, an employee discovered a large collection of suitcases in storage in an attic. Many of these pieces of luggage contained the personal belongings of former patients. Jon Crispin has photographed the suitcases and their contents; his images offer a window into the lives and personal stories of patients admitted between 1910 and 1960. He will share the photos and what they reveal about the past.
THE SS COLUMBIA AND RETURN OF THE HUDSON RIVER DAY LINER
Tuesday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m.
Steamboats ruled the Hudson River and many of America’s waterways in the early 20th century. The SS Columbia is one such steamboat; it transported fun-seeking residents from downtown Detroit on an 18 mile, 90-minute pleasure trip to Bois Blanc Island in Canada. Liz McEnaney, Executive Director of the SS Columbia Project, will share the history of the 113-year old boat, its status as a National Historic Landmark vessel and plans to revive the great tradition of steamboats on the Hudson River.
CHILDBIRTH IN 19TH- CENTURY AMERICA: THE ROLE OF CHARITY HOSPITAL
Tuesday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m.
For centuries, childbirth was a dangerous experience, for both women and their babies. In the 19th century, midwives, nurses and doctors at Charity Hospital, which operated on Roosevelt Island until 1957, were recognized as leaders in making childbirth a safe experience. Janet Brickman, Professor of History at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, will describe some of their practices.
Willard Suitcase S.S. Columbia Maternity Hospital
All programs are free and open to the public. New York Public Library Branch, 524 Main Street, Roosevelt Island. www.rihs.us