St. Louis State Hospital: A 150-year Journey Toward Hope

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Date(s) - 06/18/2019
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Maplewood Public Library


Part of our Third Tuesdays at the Library series

While the St. Louis State Hospital dome has loomed over the St. Louis skyline for 150 years, the goings-on behind the closed doors of this mysterious complex of South City buildings has been the subject of speculation and curiosity for generations. This fascinating book takes readers beyond the gates on Arsenal and into an institution’s unique history. It was through those gates in 1869 that 127 patients suffering from mental illnesses would pass to seek recovery through compassionate care. Hear their stories as well as the stories of others. Using timelines and curated archives, you’ll find out what life was like for these patients. Author Amanda Hunyar will take you behind the scenes and through the history of the iconic building with a complex tale to tell. Once the third largest hospital in St. Louis, and a place of healing and hope for thousands, its stories from generations past are finally ready to be shared.

Books will be available for purchase at the event, courtesy of the author.

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