Apology Ceremony for state hospital residents July 25

The public is invited to an Apology Ceremony dedicated to those who lived and died in the Cambridge State Hospital which will be held 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 25, at Heritage Park in southwest Cambridge.

“The ceremony will be an enlightenment to how the state treated generations of those with disabilities, but it is also about moving forward to strive for what is best for self-advocates,” explained Maggie Treichel, leader of the local Self-Advocacy group.

An official reading of the May 2010 state-issued apology to those who were wrongfully committed to state institutions will open the program, along with individual self-advocates sharing their stories of going from living in an institution to being active members in the community. A special short play, “One Night in Spring,” written by Wilbur Neushwander-Fink will also be presented, backed by an East Central Arts Council grant.

Heritage Park is located at 1455 Fern St. South in the Heritage Greens development that was built on the east portion of the old State Hospital grounds. The park’s pavilion will be the center place for the program.