From the World of Psychology blog at PsychCentral is a link to a fascinating online museum of a psychiatric facility that closed down in 1995. Essentially they found the suitcases of hundreds of patients, picked a few, told their stories. It’s a fascinating window into the hows and whys of psychiatry in another era. Here’s an excerpt from PsychCentral:
If you want to view a pretty amazing historical art project online, check out The Willard Suitcase Exhibit Online. Willard Psychiatric Center in New York opened as the Willard Asylum in 1869 and after being renamed in 1890 to the Willard State Hospital, reached a record census of 4,076 patients in 1955. In its 126 year history, the psychiatric facility saw more than 50,000 patients pass through its doors.
Kalea Chapman, Psy.D.