New Book Explores the History of Morganza Pennsylvania’s Reform School
Local author shares the history of the area using collection of vintage images
In this new pictorial history, more than 200 vintage images share the stories from one of Pennsylvania’
As seen in the images, Morganza can easily be identified by its administration building capped by a striking copper cupola, located prominently just off Interstate 79 in Cecil Township. Its distinctive architecture was also featured in the 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs. Over the years, Morganza underwent several name changes. Standing as a containment campus for delinquent youths for just over 90 years, it later functioned as a facility to aid the mentally handicapped until its closure in 2000. Author Christopher Barraclough collected firsthand knowledge by interviewing people who had worked in the facility and compiling their private photographs. He hopes to preserve the memory of Morganza which is now the site of a business park.
Highlights of Morganza: Pennsylvania’
•Information on the different methods that boys and girls were taught in the correctional facility.
•Stories and information collected from the Pennsylvania reform school’s reports to the state.
•Images of the transformation of the Morganza building over time.
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