THE STATE WELCOMES YOU: MINNESOTA’S THIRD STATE HOSPITAL
Of all the institutions and organizations in the history of Otter Tail County, the one that evokes the most interest is the Fergus Falls State Hospital. In the decades following its opening on July 31, 1890, the state hospital dominated the cultural and economic landscape of the area. For nearly 117 years this remarkable facility provided care for a segment of people the general population would have rather ignored. Now that the hospital is closed and its fate uncertain, the region is faced with the difficult decision of what to do next. The state hospital is the topic of the societyís new in-house temporary exhibit, The State Welcomes You: Minnesota’s Third State Hospital, opening Friday, February 10 and will run through November 30, 2012.
In conjunction with the exhibit, a series of Friday morning coffee klatches featuring former hospital employees and volunteers will be held:
Coffee Klatch Series • E. T. Barnard Library • 10:00am
Friday, February 17: N. Jeanne Cannady and Ginger Newborn Asleson. With nearly 60 years of experience between them, Jeanne and Ginger worked in a variety of nursing positions at the State Hospital.
Friday, February 24: Ginny Paulson. A “jack of all trades” Ginny held many different jobs while at the hospital. This gave her a unique perspective on how it all worked.
Friday, March 2: Neil Hermann. Past director of staff training and a member of the hospital’s executive committee, Neil will speak on the ever changing challenge of delivering human services.
Friday, March 9: Friends of the Kirkbride. Discover what motivated a group of community members to dedicate themselves to preserving this historic landmark.
Friday, March 16: Preservation Alliance of Minnesota. Erin Berg will speak on how historic buildings such as the State Hospital, can lead to economic development.
Friday, March 23: Cliff Knutson. Cliff will speak about the challenge of working as a staff psychologist while at the State Hospital.