Welcome to the Pennhurst Memorial & Preservation Alliance

The Mission of the Pennhurst Memorial and Preservation Alliance

is to promote an understanding of the struggle for dignity and full civil rights for persons with disabilities, using the little-known history at Pennhurst. By sharing this tragic story as well as its landmark victories, we seek to educate citizens in local, national and international communities, to assure that we never go back.


The Vision of the Pennhurst Memorial and Preservation Alliance

is to be part of an effort to create a world-class museum to honor and memorialize the ongoing civil and human rights struggle of Americans with disabilities at a location of national significance, to assure that we never go back.


Pennhurst history chronicled by NCPH

The National Council on Public History (NCPH) will be publishing four essays submitted by the PMPA for their prestigious History@work online series. NCPH was established in 1979 as the premiere professional membership association in support of public history. The first essay was just published and includes an introduction and history of the PMPA and a synopsis of three upcoming essays to be published in the coming weeks. They include details of the PMPA’s public historical and archival preservation activities over the past several years at Pennhurst and Elwyn as well as an update on the National Museum of Disability History and Rights.  

Origins of the Pennhurst Memorial and Preservation Alliance | National Council on Public History (ncph.org)

Greg Pirmann

Join Us In A Dream!

The PMPA has been working on a two-part vision of the future:

  1. A Pennhurst Museum on Pennhurst's historic lower campus
    We're building a museum on the Pennhurst campus that houses the most substantial collection of Pennhurst artifacts.
  2. A National Disabilities Museum in Washington, D.C.
    We have drafted legislation for the U.S. Congress to create a two year Commission to study the concept and recommend concrete steps. Now is the time to unite with all disability groups and organizations to generate support!

 

News and Announcements

Pennhurst chronicled by NCPH

Pennhurst chronicled by NCPH

The National Council on Public History (NCPH) will be publishing four essays submitted by the PMPA for their prestigious History@work online series.

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In Memorium

In Memorium

Greg Pirmann. Beloved friend, colleague, PMPA co-founder, and champion for the disabled. 1947-2021

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