On Saturday, May 21, I was invited to meet with the board of the Pennhurst Memorial and Preservation Alliance in Mohnton, PA. Five members of the board were there in person, with others attending via conference call. All of the members have backgrounds in working for and with intellectually disabled individuals. Greg Pirmann, in particular, knew Bev at Pennhurst and helped her prepare for her life outside the institution. I shared stories about Bev and my experiences with Pennhurst, while they told me about their projects, most importantly the museum that will be housed in the superintendent’s house on the Pennhurst grounds. We talked about my reasons for writing the book and my hopes for what readers will take away from Bev’s story. Several members purchased the book to read, and I’m looking forward to hearing their reactions to it.
The mission of the PM&PA is dear to my heart. If you would like to learn more about their vision, click below to visit their website.