Auburn Correctional Facility subject of Historical Society program

The Skaneateles Historical Society will host a program featuring Eileen McHugh, author of Auburn Correctional Facility and Auburn historian, at 7:30 p.m. May 24 at the Museum at The Creamery, 28 Hannum St.

Auburn Correctional Facility is the oldest continually operating prison in the country, know for many firsts: Auburn was the first prison to house the inmates in individual cells, the first to institute what later became known as the Auburn System of inmate management, the first to employ a chaplain, and the first to put a matron in charge of the women inmates. In 1890, Auburn became the first prison anywhere in the world to use electricity for capital punishment.

For more information, contact the Creamery at 685-1360.

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