In the summer of 1965, Ken Kesey was incarcerated for six months due to an drug conviction. Kesey spent most of his sentence in a low-security jail camp located in the California redwoods. During those six months, Kesey kept detailed illustrated journals chronicling his experiences in jail. Upon his release, Kesey compiled the journals into an illustrated collage. The finished result was a narrative poster series that came to be known as the Jail Journal.
In addition to providing insights about his own incarceration, Kesey’s Jail Journal also addresses issues regarding the necessity of penal institutions, the abuse of authority, as well as racial tensions during a time when the civil rights movement was beginning to go into full swing.
The Springfield Museum will be displaying the entire set of the Jail Journal panels and later additions to the collection. Hope to see you at the museum!
The Museum is excited to announce its new website! Now with more interaction and content, we think this will become a great source for learning about the Museum's exhibits, events, and about the local area. Enjoy and let us know what you think!
The Springfield Museum Staff