The Westborough Public Library will celebrate the publication of Westborough State Hospital with a lecture by the author, Katherine Anderson, on Thursday, August 1, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Meeting Room.
Join award-winning author and
asylum historian Katherine Anderson for a discussion of her newest Images of America book on the history of
the Westborough State Hospital. Katherine has been photographing and
researching the hospital for nearly a decade and will present a collection of
images, artifacts, and little known facts about Westborough State. As a bonus,
meet Mimi Baird, author of He Wanted the
Moon about her father’s story of his time as a patient at Westborough.
The Westborough State
Hospital, formerly known as the Westborough Insane Hospital, was the second
homeopathic hospital for the insane in the United States. Its unique treatment methods
were at the forefront of mental health care until it closed its doors as one of
the last Massachusetts state hospitals in 2010. Solomon Carter Fuller, a
pioneering African American pathologist, studied physical changes in the brain
due to Alzheimer’s at the hospital, which was also the only New England state
hospital with a dedicated unit for deaf and hard of hearing patients.
Katherine Anderson is a
veteran special education teacher and has been researching and writing about
asylums and mental health care for more than a decade.