June 2004 Update
The Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust
& The Wilhelm Reich Museum
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Open House at Orgonon
New Title in Our Bookstore
New CD in Our Bookstore
Another New CD in Our Bookstore
Roger W. Straus, Publisher (1917-2004)
The WR Trust Receives Maine Humanities Grant
New Roof on the Conference Building
Final Reminder About the Summer Conference
Final Reminder About Our Other Summer Activities
OPEN HOUSE AT ORGONON
For the second consecutive year the Wilhelm Reich Museum will begin
its summer season by participating in an Open House in conjunction
with other museums in the Rangeley area. On Sunday, June 27th,
from 1 - 5 p.m., the Museum will be open to the public free of charge.
At the same time, Open Houses will also take place at the Dead River
Historical Society, the Rangeley Lakes Region Historical Society,
and the Rangeley Lakes Region Logging Museum.
Our regular summer hours begin Thursday, July 1st. We want to
remind you of our hours so you can plan your visits accordingly.
Our 175 acre property, with its trails and nature walks, is open daily
to the public year-round from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tours of the Orgone Energy Observatory:
July and August, Wednesday - Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.
September, Sundays only, 1 - 5 p.m.
Admission: $5.00 adults & children over 12
Children under 12 admitted free.
Special tours at any other time are available by appointment only;
admission is $100 for groups of up to ten people.
The Conference Building, which houses the Museum and Trust offices,
is open year-round Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
A NEW TITLE IN OUR BOOKSTORE:
CLINICAL OBSERVATIONS ON THE USE OF
THE ORGONE ENERGY ACCUMULATOR
The Cancer Biopathy is definitive reading for anyone who wants
to understand Reich's cancer research and his experimental medical
treatment with the orgone energy accumulator. Also valuable are the
medical case studies of other physicians, originally published in the
International Journal of Sex-Economy and Orgone Research and the
Orgone Energy Bulletin. Because the Journals and Bulletins were
banned and burned by the United States government in the 1950s
and are available today only on microfilm, these case studies are not
Below is the table of contents:
Anderson, W. (1950) "Orgone Therapy in Rheumatic Fever,"
Orgone Energy Bulletin, 2: 71-73
Bremer, K. (1953) "Medical Effects of Orgone Energy,"
Orgone Energy Bulletin, 3: 163-166
Cott, A. (1951) "Orgonomic Treatment of Ichthyosis,"
Orgone Energy Bulletin, 3: 163-166
Hoppe, W. (1945) "My First Experience with the Orgone Accumulator,"
International Journal of Sex-Economy and Orgone Research, 4: 200-201
Hoppe, W. (1949) "My Experiences with the Orgone Accumulator,"
Orgone Energy Bulletin, 1: 12-22
Hoppe, W. (1950) "Further Experiences with the Orgone Accumulator,"
Orgone Energy Bulletin, 2: 16-21
Levine, E. (1951) "Treatment of a Hypertensive Biopathy with the
Orgone Accumulator," Orgone Energy Bulletin, 3: 25-34
Reich, W. and Reich, E. (1955) "Early Diagnosis of Cancer of the Uterus (CaV)
(Case No. 13)," C.O.R.E. (Cosmic Orgone Engineering), 7: 47-53
Silvert, M. (1952) "On the Medical Use of Orgone Energy,"
Orgone Energy Bulletin, 4: 51-54
Tropp, S. (1949) "The Treatment of a Mediastinal Malignancy
with the Orgone Accumulator," Orgone Energy Bulletin, 1: 100 - 109
Tropp, S. (1950) "Orgone Therapy of an Early Breast Cancer,"
Orgone Energy Bulletin, 2: 131-138
Tropp, S. (1951) "Limited Surgery in Orgonomic Cancer Therapy,"
Orgone Energy Bulletin, 3: 81-89
Wevrick, N. (1951) "Physical Orgone Therapy of Diabetes,"
Orgone Energy Bulletin, 3: 110-112
NEW CD IN OUR BOOKSTORE:
THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY AND MEDICAL PRACTICE
On August 24, 1953, Reich met with six students at Orgonon to discuss
the hostility they were experiencing because of their involvement with
him and with the orgone accumulator. This conversation, originally
preserved on wire recording, is now available on CD.
During this discussion, Reich, Elsworth Baker M.D., Walter Hoppe M.D.,
Ola Raknes Ph.D., Chester M. Raphael M.D., Eva Reich M.D., and
Simeon Tropp M.D. talk about problems in medicine, science, and
society that still plague us today. This CD captures a unique and
fascinating moment in time from a half-century ago.
ANOTHER NEW CD IN OUR BOOKSTORE:
THE HISTORY AND FUTURE OF THE WILHELM REICH
MUSEUM, ARCHIVES, AND INFANT TRUST
On November 4, 2003, Mary Higgins spoke about her tenure both as
the original Trustee of the Infant Trust and as Museum Director at a
fundraiser held at the Williams Club in New York City. Her remarks
provide answers to many questions about the aftermath of Reich's
death, the origin of the Museum, the struggle to gather and preserve
the Archives, and the efforts to republish Reich's books.
ROGER W. STRAUS, PUBLISHER (1917 - 2004)
Roger W. Straus, Chairman of Farrar Straus & Giroux, is one of the
unsung heroes of the Reich legacy. Straus, who passed away on
May 25th at the age of 87, was instrumental in breaking the silence
that surrounded Reich's work after the destruction of his books and
his death in prison. For forty-five years, Straus worked with
The Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust to republish Reich's books and
introduce new titles, starting with Selected Writings: An Introduction
to Orgonomy in 1960.
Farrar Straus & Giroux was founded by Straus in 1946. Over the
years this publishing house became known for its international list
of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and children's books. Its authors have
won extraordinary acclaim, including National Book Awards, Pulitzer
Prizes, and twenty-one Nobel Prizes.
Straus was the keynote speaker at a Trust fundraiser at the Williams Club
in 2002, at which time he articulated his outrage about censorship in
general and as it applied to Reich. Such important works as Character
Analysis, The Mass Psychology of Fascism, The Sexual Revolution,
The Function of the Orgasm, The Cancer Biopathy and many others
might have remained inaccessible to the public but for the principled
stand of Roger W. Straus for over four decades.
THE WILHELM REICH INFANT TRUST RECEIVES
MAINE HUMANITIES COUNCIL GRANT
Our staff and volunteers devote a great deal of time and energy applying
for grants to fund the numerous educational and community-oriented
programs that bring hundreds of people to Orgonon every year.
In May the Trust received a "New Century Community Program and
Maine Humanities Council Grant" to support a summer lecture series
entitled Contemporary and Historic Maine. The programs will take
place at 7:00 p.m. on three consecutive Monday evenings at the
Conference Building. The three stories to be presented in this
public lecture series will bring into focus the diversity of Maine's
history and contemporary interests:
Jan Piribeck, Assistant Professor of Art at University of Southern Maine,
will talk about several Maine artists whose work addresses environmental
and ecological concerns. This will include a discussion of a collaborative
project based in Portland's Back Cove which blended science, technology,
and the arts.
The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine will be
represented by its Director, Donna Galluzzo, who will describe the
activities of this unique school which draws people from around the
country to document Maine's people and events.
Earle G. Shettleworth, Director of the Maine Historic Preservation
Commission, will show the remarkable historic photographs of
E.R. Starbird as he discusses Sporting Camps of the Rangeley Region.
A NEW ROOF ON THE CONFERENCE BUILDING
Thanks to the generous contribution of a friend of the Museum and
the Trust, we have re-shingled half of the Conference Building roof.
Gil Bolduc of Rumford, who installed the metal roofs last year on
our two cottages--Bunchberry and Tamarack--was hired to do
A FINAL REMINDER ABOUT THE SUMMER CONFERENCE:
If you're planning to attend our summer conference and haven't
yet registered, we ask you to please do so.
SUMMER CONFERENCE July 19-23, 2004
The Orgone Energy Accumulator:
Its Scientific and Medical Use
For twenty-five years Jorgos Kavouras, M.D. has maintained a general
practice in Germany and Greece in which the orgone accumulator is
his principal therapeutic tool. His book Healing With Orgone Energy
will be published in Germany in Fall 2004. In it Dr. Kavouras
documents over 40 case studies of his practical experience with
the orgone accumulator. We are pleased that Dr. Kavouras will
be joining us as an instructor at this year's Summer Conference.
Below is a detailed program schedule:
Monday - July 19
- "Historical Development of the Orgone Energy Accumulator
and its Role in Reich's Research"
- "Lab Session: Demonstration of Reich's
Cork & Ball Experiment"
- "Orgone Room Observations"
James E. Strick, Ph.D
Reception at the Observatory
Tuesday - July 20
- "Physical Effects of the Orgone Energy Accumulator"
- "Lab Session: Experiments with Electroscopes and To-T"
- "Biological Effects of the Orgone Energy Accumulator:
Experimental Studies with Mice and Humans"
- "Lab Session: Effects of the Accumulator
on Human Body Temperature"
Wednesday - July 21
"Orgone Accumulator Charging of Seeds and Plants"
Joseph Heckman, Ph.D
Recreation - For those who are interested, a
guided hike up Bald Mountain (weather permitting)
Kevin Hinchey, Associate Director - Wilhelm Reich Museum
Thursday - July 22
Robert Dayton , Builder/Artist, Board of Directors
of The Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust
"Healing with Orgone Energy - Part I"
Jorgos Kavouras, M.D.
Friday - July 23
"Healing with Orgone Energy - Part II"
Jorgos Kavouras, M.D.
5:00 p.m. Friends of the Wilhelm Reich Museum Annual Meeting
6:00 p.m. Lobster and Steak Dinner (minimal cost)
Please register soon if you plan to attend. The fee is $350
which includes tuition, information packet, continental breakfast,
refreshments, and reception. A 25% discount is available for
full-time college students.
For more details about the Conference, call us at (207) 864-3443.
A FINAL REMINDER ABOUT
OUR OTHER SUMMER ACTIVITIES:
NATURAL SCIENCE PROGRAM:
SUMMER WORKSHOPS 2004
Sundays 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
"Wild Turkeys in Maine"
Wildlife Biologist Chuck Hulsey
Maine Master Guide Ray Reitze
Ecologist Lisa St. Hilaire
"Discovering Wild Edible Plants"
Taxonomist Mare Nazaire
Artist/Instructor Anita Sebastian
"Maine Mammals in the Weasel Family"
Wildlife Biologist Mark Caron
Michaeline Mulvey & Ted Elliott
of the Maine Mycological Society
"Pruning and Grafting"
Naturalist/Landscaper Warren Balgooyen
NATURAL SCIENCE PROGRAM:
Wednesday Nature Hikes
Guided nature hikes each Wednesday in July and August
at 1:00 p.m. Meets at the ticket office.
SUMMER EVENINGS AT ORGONON
July 17 - 7:00 p.m.
"A Festival of Music:
Four Lively Performances/Four Musical Styles"
Jazz Piano: Andy Kahn
Fiddle: Mike & Leah Schrader
Flute: Sarah Lloyd & Susan Borko
Acoustic Guitar: Mike Blythe
UNTIL NEXT MONTH
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