Event Title

An In-Depth Exploration of the 1880 Fire at the Minnesota State Hospital for the Insane

Location

CSU 253/4/5

Start Date

4-4-2011 9:00 AM

End Date

4-4-2011 10:30 AM

Student's Major

Psychology

Student's College

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Mentor's Name

Andi Lassiter

Mentor's Department

Psychology

Mentor's College

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Description

The purpose of this research was to describe, in a historical context, the effects of a devastating fire on the Minnesota State Hospital for the Insane. This fire in 1880 destroyed a large part of the asylum where patients lived and were treated for mental illness. Along with much property damage, there were many injuries and deaths. In particular, some of the ―treatments‖ of the day included warm beds as well as seclusion and restraint, which caused confusion for patients during the fire. This project reviewed many historical articles and artifacts to detail the aftermath of this fire and its effects on the care of the mentally ill in Minnesota. This research revealed important findings for state emergency preparedness and patient care in state facilities.

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Apr 4th, 9:00 AM Apr 4th, 10:30 AM

An In-Depth Exploration of the 1880 Fire at the Minnesota State Hospital for the Insane

CSU 253/4/5

The purpose of this research was to describe, in a historical context, the effects of a devastating fire on the Minnesota State Hospital for the Insane. This fire in 1880 destroyed a large part of the asylum where patients lived and were treated for mental illness. Along with much property damage, there were many injuries and deaths. In particular, some of the ―treatments‖ of the day included warm beds as well as seclusion and restraint, which caused confusion for patients during the fire. This project reviewed many historical articles and artifacts to detail the aftermath of this fire and its effects on the care of the mentally ill in Minnesota. This research revealed important findings for state emergency preparedness and patient care in state facilities.

Recommended Citation

Sanz, Amber L.. "An In-Depth Exploration of the 1880 Fire at the Minnesota State Hospital for the Insane." Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 4, 2011.
http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/urs/2011/poster-session-A/20