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Photographer Bill Diodato memorializes 'Ward 81'

Published December 28. 2011 4:00AM

Renowned photographer and Norwich native Bill Diodato will sign copies of his first book, "Care of Ward 81," from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Bank Square Books, 53 West Main St., Mystic. "Ward 81" remembers long-forgotten women who occupied The Oregon State Mental Asylum's Ward 81. The Oregon State Insane Asylum - which was also the location for the movie "One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest" - had a ward set up at the end of the 19th century to help women with psychiatric needs and provide them with isolation - Ward 81. Diodato was given access to the infamous, closed-off Ward 81 before the entire site was redeveloped in 2005.

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