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Book on history of Buffalo State Hospital to debut at event next Saturday

The book “Buffalo State Hospital: A History of the Institution in Light and Shadow,” will be launched from 2 to 3:30 p.m. next Saturday in the Museum of disABILITY History, 3826 Main St., Eggertsville.

The book, published by People Ink Press, includes nsights into the mental health institution as told by patients, employees and neighbors.

It features full-color photos from the museum’s collection, as well as 100 images of the shuttered institution from modern-archeological photographer Ian Ference.

During the book launching, personal stories about the hospital will be shared by Karl Shallowhorn, former patient, and Paul Shea, former employee. David Mack-Hardiman, associate vice president of People Inc., will discuss the stigma of mental illness.

The event also features the reintroduction of the museum exhibit, “The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic,” as part of its permanent collection. There also will be an opportunity to view a short documentary produced by videographer Jon Hand in the museum’s recently opened experiential theater.

For more information or reservations, email Doug Farley at or call (716) 629-3626.