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Lost in Laconia made its Monadnock region debut in November with standing-room-only showings, on November 1st at the Peterborough Community Theatre and on November 15th at Keene State College’s Alumni Center. The hour-long documentary tells the story of Laconia State School, from its inception as the NH School for the Feeble-Minded in 1901 to its closing in 1991. It also airs several times on Keene Cable Channel 8 during the week of November 21st.

lilpboroweb5Filmmaker Gordon DuBois, Jennifer MacIntosh, Pat Martin, Dr. Graham Warder of KSC and David Yeiter of MDS put together these events. Post-film discussions focused on institutionalization then and now, and on how life has changed for those who lived at Laconia. A very special thanks is due to Mary FitzPatrick, Butch Walker and Shirley Cargel for speaking so eloquently to the audience about their own experiences related to Laconia State School.

MDS and the Keene State College History Department and Office of Disabilities Services sponsored the showings, which were free and open to the public.

lilkweb1jpgKeene Cable Channel 8 will provide multiple showings of the film and an accompanying discussion with Gordon DuBois, Alan Greene and Chris Coates during the week of November 21-26. Additional screenings are planned in early 2011, including one at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge.

For more on the history of Laconia State School, Lost in Laconia, and to order a copy of the film, visit the Community Support Network Inc. website.