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For People Who Love: Local History
Book: Images of America: Norwich State Hospital, by Christine M. Rockledge
Norwich State Hospital (NSH), established in 1904, was more than just a series of mortar and brick buildings to house and treat persons suffering from mental illness. For nearly 100 years, generations of people dedicated their careers and lives to developing NSH as a humanitarian community for mental illness rehabilitation. NSH gained international attention from some of the world's most renowned psychiatrists for being the first state hospital to boast a brand-new state-of-the-art building to house all occupational therapies under one roof. Although NSH closed in 1996, the structure has continued to be one of Connecticut's most notable historical landmarks, despite its ongoing demolition and redevelopment. Today, Norwich State Hospital is still alive in the timeless, emotional memories employees and family members share of what it was like to work and grow up in a place where employees were not just employees and patients were not just patients; they were family.
Christine M. Rockledge began extensively researching Norwich State Hospital in 2009 and allied with the Preston Historical Society in 2011. She has spoken publicly raising awareness on the importance of Norwich State Hospital's local contribution to mental health and Connecticut history and how it applies today. Many of the images in this book come from former hospital staff and their families and have never been seen before by the public.
Norwich State Hospital (NSH), established in 1904, was more than just a series of mortar and brick buildings to house and treat persons suffering from mental illness. For nearly 100 years, generations of people dedicated their careers and lives to developing NSH as a humanitarian community for mental illness rehabilitation.