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History Revealed: Crusade for Forgotten Souls
October 10, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ramsey County Historical Society Presents
Susan Bartlett Foote, The Crusade for Forgotten Souls: Reforming Minnesota’s Mental Health Institutions, 1946-1954
History Revealed Landmark Lunch Series
October 10, 2018
Wednesday, noon-1:00 pm
Free and open to all.
Join RCHS for History Revealed, our program series featuring presentations and tours from the best of local historians, authors and archaeologists, with a wide range of topics drawn from the heritage and traditions of Ramsey County.
The Crusade for Forgotten Souls recounts Minnesota’s reform movement that broke the stigma surrounding mental illness, publicized the painful truth about the state’s asylums, and resulted in the first legislative steps toward a modern mental health system. Susan will tell the stories of the early advocates for compassionate care of the mentally ill who made the crusade a success. Susan will also discuss the challenges and issues that faced these advocates in Ramsey County, and the reforms that they set in place. The Crusade for Forgotten Souls will be available for purchase and for signing.
Susan Bartlett Foote is professor emerita in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota, where she was head of the Division of Health Policy and Management from 1999 to 2005. She is author of Managing the Medical Arms Race: Innovation and Public Policy in the Medical Device Industry.