Sneak preview of ‘Greystone’s Last Stand,’ and memorial update, Feb. 18 at Acorn Hall

Rusty Tagliareni and Christina Mathews filming Greystone's Kirkbride building, before the state demolished it.
Rusty Tagliareni and Christina Mathews filming Greystone's Kirkbride building, before the state demolished it.


From the Morris County Historical Society:


The evolution of the Preserve Greystone movement and its impact on saving other Kirkbride buildings nationwide will be the focus of a talk by authors Rusty Tagliareni and Christina Mathews at Acorn Hall in Morristown on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, at 2 p.m. The program is sponsored by Morris County Historical Society (MCHS).

This is the first of two multimedia presentations by the best-selling authors of the award-winning Images of America book Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital, on their work to preserve Greystone’s and Greystone’s connection to remaining Kirkbride buildings, including the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum (TALA) in Weston, WV, a preserved Kirkbride building.

An MCHS trip to TALA, which is open to the public, is set for April 12-14.

In addition to discussing how the loss of Greystone has led to strong preservation efforts of surviving Kirkbride buildings, Tagliareni and Mathews will show a 15-minute screening of their in-production documentary film, Greystone’s Last Stand.

They also will review their plans with the Morris County Park Commission to build a memorial on the grounds of the old Greystone hospital on the Morris Plains/ Parsippany border. Proceeds from this event will be donated to the established memorial fund.

Book signings will follow the presentation.

Tickets to the talk are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for students, and free for MCHS members, attendees participating in the TALA bus trip, and children under 12. Acorn Hall is at 68 Lafayette Ave., Morristown.

As seating is limited, reservations are encouraged. To RSVP or for further information, visit the MCHS website  or call 973-267-3465.

Founded in 1945, MCHS is a member-supported 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to preserve and promote Morris County’s history.


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