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Museum of DisABILITY History

Book Presentation and Signing in Rochester Featuring
David Mack-Hardiman and Diana Katovitch


March 20, 2019: As part of its Dialogues on disABILITY Speaker Series, the Museum of disABILITY History will provide a free presentation with two authors with a Book Presentation and Signing on Wednesday, March 27, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, at the People Inc. Rochester Administrative Office at 1860 Buffalo Road, Rochester.


David Mack-Hardiman will present the newly released book, “The Colony Chronicles.” He will speak about this rare account of life inside the Craig Colony for Epileptics, a unique health institution in New York State. Additionally, he will discuss the history of Craig Colony and his partnering with photographer Char Szabo-Perricelli, who captured the essence of Craig Colony.


Diana “Dee” Katovitch will present her book, “Beautiful Children: The Story of Elm Hill School and Home for Feebleminded Children and Youth.” The book and discussion are about the Elm Hill School, which was the first school for children with intellectual disabilities in 1848 in Barre, Massachusetts. Katovitch will review her research, the progressive nature of early special education and the importance of disability history. 


The presentation is ideal for historians, teachers and educational staff, medical professionals, students, mental health providers, human services agencies and child care providers.


Both books will be available for purchase. Registration encouraged. To RSVP or for more information, email David Mack-Hardiman at or call 716-629-3626.


Established in 1998, the Museum of disABILITY History, a project of People Inc., is the only one of its kind in the United States and is dedicated to advancing the understanding, acceptance and independence of people with disabilities. Located in Buffalo, NY, the Museum’s exhibits, collections, publications, archives and educational programs create awareness and a platform for dialogue and discovery.