Ray-Pec psychology students visit Glore Psychiatric Museum

May 30, 2014 

Students, from left, Brandon Spidle, Melanie Boyd and Natalie Peck view a display of more than 450 items that a psychiatric patient swallowed. The patient died during surgery to remove the items.

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A group of students from Ray-Pec High School had a different type of history lesson May 20 when they visited the Glore Psychiatric Museum in St. Joseph. The 30 juniors are in the Psychology classes taught by Derek Howard and Doug Brown.

Students learned about the history of mental health treatment and the history of the facility that opened in 1874 as “State Lunatic Asylum No. 2.” The museum is located on the grounds of the original hospital.

One student was restrained in a straitjacket—for demonstration purposes only, he was not a threat to himself or others.

The exhibits show past mental health treatment, including various methods of isolation and restraint. The museum also shows surgical tools, treatment equipment, furnishings, nurse uniforms, personal notes and other items from the hospital.

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