Myths, Minds, and Medicine is the result of several years of research conducted by historians hired through a grant The Institute of Living received from the Connecticut Humanities Council. Documents, artifacts, items of interest, letters, and old photos were gathered from the The Institute of Living’s attics, basements, and closed-up offices to form the basis for the exhibition. The decision was made early on to tell the full story of medicine’s well-intentioned, but sometimes erroneous attempts at finding ways to alleviate suffering. The patients themselves tell part of the poignant story, as recorded voices recreate some of the letters found in the The Institute of Living’s archives. An entirely reconstructed patient bedroom from the early 1900s invites viewers to place themselves in the shoes of those who sought care at the The Institute of Living.
Myths, Minds, and Medicine is designed to be educational and to appeal to students. It is a self-guided tour that will aid teachers in helping to dispel some of the myths as well as the stigma attached to mental illness.
Location and Hours of Operation
Myths, Minds, and Medicine is located on the 2nd floor of the Commons Building and is open to the public weekdays from 9 AM to 5 PM.
For More Information
Call: 860.545.7665 or 860.545.7716
Email: Paula.Rego@hhchealth.org or PatriciaC.Graham@hhchealth.org