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Lecture Series: Matthew Christopher’s “Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences”

June 9, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Photo credit Olivia AntsisMatthew Christopher of Abandoned America will be presenting a lecture on his best-selling book, “Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences.”  Christopher’s journey to document abandoned sites began a decade ago while researching the decline of the state hospital system. Realizing that words alone could not adequately convey the harsh realities of institutional care, Christopher embarked on a journey to visit and photograph the crumbling state schools and asylums in our midst. Ten years later, Christopher’s focus has broadened to include the ruins of American infrastructure, industry, churches, schools, theaters, hospitals, prisons, resorts and hotels as realized in “Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences.” From Taunton State Hospital in Massachusetts to the US Air Force’s aircraft boneyard in Tucson, Arizona, Christopher’s extensive collection of derelict sites is featured on his website Abandoned America. His work has gained international attention and he is considered a leading expert on urban blight and the efforts to preserve America’s endangered architectural history.  This presentation will be held in the Rock Ford Barn. No reservations required.  However, seating is limited.

Admission: $5 for non-members.  Free for members of the Rock Ford Foundation.



June 9, 2016
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm