History’s Horrors

The memory chest found in the staircase.

While doing renovations in his home in Sacramento, California, a man found what appeared to be some sort of old chest. What they found inside told a sad tale of the tragic death of a child named May Woolsey.

Thomas Story Kirkbride

Reformist Dorothea Lynde Dix (April 4, 1802 – July 17, 1887) testified to the New Jersey legislature about the insufficient and inhumane treatment of individuals suffering from mental illness. They were housed in residences, county jails, basements, attics, prisons, and other tucked-away places to effectively be forgotten. Through her efforts, the United States established state-run hospitals. Philadelphian psychiatrist and psychiatry pioneer Thomas Story Kirkbride (July 31, 1809 – December 16, 1883) devised a revolutionary plan based on the philosophies of moral treatment and environmental determinism.

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2270 S Real Camino Lake California

The Loquet Museum fuels a journey of discovery across time to enable
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