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Steamboat Rock. Image ID 25774

Art class at the State School for the Deaf, Walworth, Wisconsin. WHi 25774

Wisconsin State Institutions

H.H. Bennett often turned his attention to contract work. In 1893, Milwaukee photographer Paul G. Lecher hired Bennett to photograph Wisconsin's institutions for the care of homeless children, education of the blind, housing of the mentally ill, and incarceration of criminals. The State Board of Control of Wisconsin Reformatory, Charitable and Penal Institutions hired Lecher to provide images of the state institutions it managed for display at the Columbian Exposition. Bennett provided Lecher with negatives of the State School in Sparta (a temporary boarding home for homeless and dependent children), School for the Blind, Hospitals for the Insane at Mendota and Winnebago, Waupun State Prison, and the School for Boys. Lecher printed the images for display.

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