New Pennhurst Documentary by Jodie Alexandra Taylor

Pennhurst is a story of segregation, abandonment, and the meaning of home as told by the people that lived in, worked at, and crusaded for one of the largest and oldest Intellectual and Developmental Disability Institutions in the United States.


posted on: 12/14/2018 8:57 AM

Lost in Laconia

This documentary examines the social values and cultural ideals of the twentieth century, relative to individuals and families who were labeled "feebleminded", deficient, or disabled in New Hampshire.


posted on: 12/3/2018 10:05 AM

The Eugenics Crusade on PBS

The Eugenics Crusade tells the story of the unlikely - and largely unknown - movement that turned the fledgling scientific theory of heredity into a powerful instrument of social control.


posted on: 10/17/2018 9:33 AM

New PMPA Board Members Added

Mel Knowlton and Elliott Simon have agreed to join the PMPA Board of Directors. Both have extensive experience as advocates and a long history in the Pennsylvania support system. Read more about their backgrounds by clicking on the Board and Advisory Committee link on the left.


posted on: 6/14/2018 3:38 PM

Pennhurst gets grant toward rebirth as business park

The project was awarded a $10 million grant-and-loan package from a state program aimed at funding early site preparation for big projects.


posted on: 11/22/2017 10:21 AM

Next PMPA Meeting

The next meeting of the PMPA will be held on January 19, 2019 at 10 AM at the PMPA office in Havertown, or by ZOOM teleconferencing. If you would like to join in, please contact Treasurer Ed Goldman at for the video link.

posted on: 11/15/2017 6:30 PM

Philadelphia Inquirer article

A thoughtful Philadelphia Inquirer piece on the haunted attraction: 'What happened when I visited Pennhurst's Haunted Asylum'


posted on: 10/20/2017 9:42 AM

Sequel to 'i go home' documentary 'Going Home' completed

An "i go home" sequel "Going Home" has been completed and a preview showing will be presented on October 29 at Millersville University's Ware Center. The public airing of "Going Home" on WITF Harrisburg will on November 8 at 8 PM. Statewide public broadcasting airings will be announced later.


posted on: 8/27/2017 12:24 PM

Sponsor our traveling exhibit

Host our Traveling Exhibit: The Pennhurst Story - from Tragedy to Disability Rights. A free traveling exhibition detailing the rise and fall of the infamous Pennhurst State School and Hospital


posted on: 3/5/2016 1:42 PM

The Arcadia Pennhurst Book is Available!

Pennhurst State School and Hospital (Images of America) by the PMPA's J. Gregory Pirmann is now available for purchase at Amazon!


posted on: 6/3/2015 1:39 PM

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