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Presentation:Rebuilding Lives: Miriam Van Waters

November 13, 2008 (7:48 pm EST)
Filed under: Arts / Culture by News Staff

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Framingham History Center (formerly the Framingham Historical Society and Museum) presents Storyteller Libby Franck in: Rebuilding Lives: Miriam Van Waters and the Framingham Women's Reformatory.

During the 30's & 40's, the remarkable Dr. Van Waters developed a respected program of reform for the women sentenced to the Framingham Reformatory with mother/baby classes, a poetry club, theatre, music, nature study and preparation for parole. Her work was known by such luminaries as Eleanor Roosevelt who was photographed paying her respect at the Framingham Reformatory. After Dr. Van Waters was fired in 1949, her public hearings were front page news in every Boston paper for three months.

Come see Libby Franck dramatize this story on Sunday, November 23 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Andrews Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 3 Maple Street, Framingham. (Directions to St. Andrew's Church are at

Program and Refreshments free to members. Non-members $5.00 It always helps to know if you are coming so we can plan accordingly. Please RSVP to Annie Murphy at For more information on the program or joining the FHC visit or call 508-872-3780



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