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International Interest Gained for Abandoned Asylums Book, Published in Buffalo, NY


Abandoned Asylums book brought back to life by the Museum of disABILITY in Buffalo gaining intrigue from North America to UK and Down Under

Museum of disABILITY 3826 Main Street, Buffalo, NY: Historian William Loren Katz once said, “If you believe that people have no history worth mentioning, it’s easy to believe they have no humanity worth mentioning.” This quote can be seen on the introductory pages of a recently republished book by the Museum of disABILITY History, located in Buffalo, NY and its publishing entity People Ink Press. 

Abandoned Asylums of New England, part of the Abandoned History Series, offers the work of John Gray, who has captured through photography the final throes of the once majestic monuments of medical treatment that were state institutions for treating people with disabilities. Gray, of New England, spent twelve years taking photos that are eerie, while at the same time architecturally beautiful, of abandoned asylums in various towns and villages that mark New England’s landscape. 

“When I realized this book was no longer being printed, I contacted John and asked him what he thought about republishing it under our recently established People Ink Press and that we will add historical content through the Museum of disABILITY History,” said James M. Boles, Ed.D., president of People Inc. “We began working together and the interest in the book has exceeded our expectations.”

Recently the Daily Mail, which is the second most read daily publication in England, wrote a story on the book on the Mail, featured online). The Australian, Australia’s largest selling national publication ran a story on it as well. The Huffington Post also got involved and its article yielded great interest with almost one thousand comments to date and growing.

“Due to these articles, we have been getting inquires for copies of it nationally and internationally,” said Boles. “We are anxiously waiting for the book to be ready for distribution sometime in November.”

Copies of the Abandoned Asylums of New England book may be pre-ordered by sending an email to Proceeds will benefit the Museum of disABILITY History, a non-profit organization.

In 2010, the Museum of disABILITY History and People Inc. established People Ink Press, dedicated to publishing books related to disability history. The Museum of disABILITY History, a project of People Inc., is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and display of artifacts relating to the history of people with disabilities. The mission is to tell the story of the lives, triumphs, and struggles of people with disabilities as well as society’s reactions. The Museum of disABILITY History offers educational exhibits, programs and activities that expand community awareness.

People Inc. is a not-for-profit health and human services agency providing programs and services to more than 10,000 people with special needs, their families, and seniors throughout Western New York. Since 1971, People Inc. has assisted individuals to achieve greater degrees of independence and productivity.


Newspaper Coverage

Daily Mail: Locked up and left alone: Photographer captures haunting images of the broken windows, rusted chairs and strange sights inside the abandoned asylums of America

The Huffington Post: Abandoned Asylums Of New England Photographed In New Book Photographer John Gray braves America's abandoned asylums


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