The Theater & All the Charming People In It!

Typically, when we think of asylums in this period we think of cold, dark dreary places.  While certainly there are those institutions which comport with that description, it is also worth noting that there are exceptions to the rule.  It is surprising to see that within these relatively new institutions there was an approach to the inclusion of culture to enrich the lives of people most thought were helpless.  One cannot help but wonder if this served to help many hold their grip on some meaningful connection to the wider world.  Also it would be interesting to consider how the people within these institutions created their own unique sort of culture under a set of curious circumstances.  I wonder what we might stand to gain from that?

“Something Must Be Done for Them”: Establishing Minnesota’s First Hospital for the Insane, By William D. Erickson Link: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20187761

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