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San Bernardino: New Museum of Psychiatric History at Patton State Hospital

San Bernardino

CSUSB history students and Patton State Hospital staff cataloged hundreds of photos, documents and artifacts for Southern California’s first museum of past psychiatric practices. Patton, California’s first homeopathic state hospital, offered then-innovative treatments. The museum lets visitors explore psychiatric trends over time and learn the stories of the patients and employees who lived on the grounds. A breakthrough in the museum project was a connection between CSUSB’s history department and a senior social worker at Patton who for several years had worked on his own time to develop the museum. Student interns were recruited to pick items for exhibition, determine how to show them, and write informational literature for the museum. A graduate history student who directed the museum project is writing a master’s thesis on the effort to preserve Patton’s history.

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CSUSB history students and Patton State Hospital staff cataloged hundreds of photos, documents and artifacts for Southern California’s first museum of past psychiatric practices. Patton, California’s first homeopathic state hospital, offered then-innovative treatments.