In 1903 the Laconia State School, or the New Hampshire School for the Feebleminded as it was called then, was founded. Until its closure in 1999 many people, including children, suffered abuse and neglect in a time when people were branded and stigmatized as “feebleminded” and a danger to society and were banished to a life of isolation and total segregation. Filmmakers, Gordon Dubois and Bill Rogers, have made a new and significant documentary about the school entitled, Lost in Laconia. Using archival footage and current interviews with former residents of the institution, families of former residents, and people who worked at the institution, along with an extensive collection of documents, 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.
On January 18th at 7:00 PM the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Eastern Slopes will be sponsoring a showing at the Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth. Gordon Dubois will be present to discuss his film and an opportunity to talk and have refreshments will be available after the film.
“Lost in Laconia” film presentation postponed to Tuesday, February 22nd, 7 p.m.