Longcliff Museum Open House
In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States, the Logansport State Hospital will open the Longcliff Museum to the public on:
Thursday, May 10, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and on
Thursday, May 17, 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 on Logansport’s southwest side. 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.
“Since 1888, the Logansport State Hospital has offered care to thousands of Hoosiers,” said R. Daryl Hall, superintendent of the hospital. “Today, as a nationally-recognized provider of forensic psychiatric treatment, we value our heritage of service to the residents of Indiana and our presence in the Logansport community. The history of the Logansport State Hospital is, in many ways, the history of mental health care in the United States.”
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 development in the recognition, prevention and treatment of mental health disorders.
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 Photographs and historical documents are displayed in over a dozen rooms, complementing the furniture, medical equipment, clothing and supplies displayed throughout the building.