Back to Pineland

Year 2020



Story type Radio

Town LincolnNew Gloucester

County Penobscot


Drive about 20 miles north of Portland, Maine and you’ll arrive at Pineland. It looks like a college campus: brick buildings with stately pillars, it’s surrounded by rolling hills. But Pineland’s exterior doesn’t tell you about its history. It opened as an institution for people with disabilities in 1908. Alexa Burke spoke with people who lived and worked at Pineland to learn about the history of institutionalization and the legacies that remain today.

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