Friday, May 15, 2009

Gathering the memories of Morningside

We are extraordinarily glad to be able to advertise the efforts of a newly established research team dedicated to uncovering the history of the Morningside Hospital and its role in the development of mental health sevices in Alaska.

Ellen Ganley, co-founder, CEO and Principal Consultant at Information Insights, and Karen Perdue, Associate Vice President for Health at the University of Alaska, have started a blog, Morningside Hospital, to share information and reach out to community members up and down the West Coast. According the Ellen, the blog "includes patient information and other information that might be of interest to families seeking lost relatives. There is one patient list there now [May 14] which covers the years 1904 to 1916. We have 3 other patient lists that we have not yet transcribed for 1920, 1930 and 1955. These lists provide a total of approximately 1,500 names of Morningside patients, almost all of whom were Alaska residents. There were probably 6,000 to 7,000 people sent there between 1904 and the mid-1960s."

The blog also includes photographs, snippets from contemporary news stories, and more. If you're looking for information on Morningside--or better yet, have information to share--please contact the project.

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