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Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016

Legacy Projects > Longcliff Museum Open House Celebrating Indiana's Bicentennial Longcliff Museum Open House Celebrating Indiana's Bicentennial

The Northern Indiana Hospital for the Insane, renamed Logansport State Hospital in 1927, officially opened July 1, 1888, providing mental health care for citizens of the state of Indiana through the present day. The Longcliff Museum Committee will host a public open house at the historic Administration Building (1888) on September 24 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., offering guided tours and utilizing artifacts from the hospital to tell the story of care for the mentally ill in Indiana from the Moral Treatment Movement through the modern era. Periodic “Doodlebug” tram rides through the scenic hospital grounds will be provided. The programming and tours will incorporate the history of mental health in Indiana through our state’s 200-year history.

Q&A with Legacy Project Coordinator Brian Newell

What do you consider the key accomplishment of your Legacy Project?

  • We brought new visitors to our museum and gained publicity, telling the story of our new location and exhibits. We made connections that led to larger groups returning for a later tour.

Describe a highlight or most memorable moment related to your Legacy Project.

  • We had wonderful refreshments and an unexpected, added display of a 1926, restored Boyer Fire Truck (manufactured in Logansport). We heard memorable stories about our hospital from visitors.

How/where are you preserving information and artifacts related to your Legacy Project?

  • We had pictures of the fire truck. We did not have our regular photographer in attendance so our main focus was on providing tours and hospitality for our guests.

Total number of volunteers who participated.

  • 12

Estimated total attendance.

  • 46

Longcliff Museum Committee

  • Rob Clover
  • Jim Foster
  • Marge Foster
  • Daryl Hall
  • Cathy Hickey
  • Becky Johnson
  • Jerry Kelly 
  • Bart Kranning
  • Darrin Monroe
  • Brian Newell
  • Jacque Phillips
  • Marcia Smith
  • Bonnie Richter
  • Nancy Vernon

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