Discover the history of the American Psychiatric Hospital system during a special program from Mentor Public Library.

Take an in-depth look at the history of American Psychiatric Hospitals during a special online program from Mentor Public Library at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 18.

American Psychiatric Hospitals were built with noble intentions. They were designed to help and house people with physical handicaps and/or mental illnesses who could not be treated at home.

Many beautifully styled buildings, gardens and farms were created for the patients, and the hospitals often had their own community. However, over the years, problems arose with overcrowding and many patients became neglected, abandoned or even abused.

Ms. Traci from our Lake Branch has researched the history of these hospitals, and she’ll share stories about these communities and what is left of them today. Her talk is free to attend and will be hosted via Zoom. Registration is required to get the Zoom link. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 257-2512 to register.