‘Small Town Reclaims Former Mental Hospital as Arts Haven’

An article in the 28 October 2017 Wall Street Journal entitled ‘Small town reclaims former mental hospital as arts haven’ might be interesting to study from an SRV and PASSING perspective in terms of setting as a communicator of imagery, and the importance of the history of a setting.


Fergus Falls State Hospital was built on the Kirkbride plan, named for Dr. Thomas Kirkbride who was involved in the moral treatment movement.

From the article:

“Every small community is trying to find ways to set themselves apart right now and have a unique story,” said Michele Anderson, rural program director with Springboard for the Arts, a community-development group that hosts an artists residency program and annual arts festival in Fergus Falls on the hospital grounds. “This is our story.”

This links to a 25 minute documentary about the history of Fergus Falls:


Posted on October 31, 2017 at 7:46 pm by MTumeinski · Permalink
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  1. Written by Jack Pealer
    on November 1, 2017 at 9:56 am
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    The former Athens (OH) State Hospital (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athens_Lunatic_Asylum) has a similar recent history. Also a Kirkbride structure, the hospital buiilding was transferred to the authority of Ohio University and parts of it were remodeled. It’s now called “The Ridges,” and it houses a regional art gallery. The University is trying to figure out what to do with the rest of the buildings.

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