In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States, the Logansport State Hospital will open the Longcliff Museum to the public on:
Wednesday, May 15, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and on
Wednesday, May 22, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The community is invited to view historical items spanning the Logansport State Hospital’s 130-year presence along the banks of the Wabash River in Logansport. The museum, located in the former Administration Building of the hospital, is staffed by volunteers interested in preserving the hospital’s legacy of treating citizens with mental health disorders.
“For over 130 years, the Logansport State Hospital has provided care to thousands of Hoosiers,” said Mike Busch, Director of Community Engagement. “It is with respect to our patients and our employees, past and present, that we share this history with the public.”
The museum’s two floors showcase items used in treatments at the hospital dating back to 1888. Photographs and historical documents are displayed in over a dozen rooms, complementing the furniture, medical equipment, clothing, and supplies displayed throughout the building.
Admission is free. Donations for patients will be accepted at the museum both evenings. Current patient needs include: Men and Women’s deodorant, UNO and SkipBo card games,
From Cliff Drive: Turn south into the hospital entrance immediately west of the U.S. 35 overpass and continue up the hill. Drive slowly—the road is narrow going uphill with sharp curves. The museum will be in front of you at the top of the hill.
From Old State Road 25: Turn north into the hospital entrance and continue across the railroad tracks to the four-way stop sign. Turn right, continuing past the Logansport Juvenile Correctional Facility administration building. Veer right as the road splits, and the Longcliff Museum will be on the left. Parking is available on the north side and the east side of the Museum.
Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States has been celebrated every May since 1949. Each year, the initiative seeks to help the public understand the latest developments in the recognition, prevention, and treatment of mental health disorders.
SOURCE: News release from Logansport State Hospital