Today was an exciting day! We had a field trip!
Mary and Kieran are excited about our field trip!
We went to Cleveland to meet up with Dennis and Kathy Barrie, the team who are designing the new Cummings Center for the History of Psychology Museum. They have a very impressive resume — between the two of them they have designed the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH, the Mob Museum in Las Vegas and they are currently working on the U.S. Olympic Museum in Colorado Springs. They shared their background and how they became involved in museum design. They also spoke with us about their process for designing museum spaces and shared the early plans for the Cummings’ History of Psych museum. It was incredibly interesting and we learned a lot.
The conversation also highlighted the value of the archival work we are doing — the Barries mentioned how helpful it is for them to have so many artifacts to work with. Maybe some of the things we find in Schopler’s collection will end up on display!!
The group with Dennis and Kathy Barrie
Afterward, we spent a few hours walking around the Cleveland Museum of Art. Knowing how much effort goes in to designing the space and flow of the exhibits gave us a whole new perspective!
The beautiful atrium in the Cleveland Museum of Art (photo courtesy of the Columbus Dispatch’s website)
Day 5 brought us to the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum (as it was known when it was a functioning asylum). The asylum was constructed between 1851 and 1881 and was operational through 1994. It is the largest hand-cut stone masonry building in North America, and is second in the world only to the Kremlin!
The welcoming entrance to the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum
The tour took us through the wards…
This is the ward for people with addictions (photo courtesy of Kieran)
The solitary lockdown area…
You could be put into solitary by request of anyone NOT being currently treated in the asylum. (photo courtesy of Jenn)
And the forensics ward where the most dangerous patients were housed…
This building has only one entrance/exit. This made it secure for the patients… but also more dangerous for the staff (photo courtesy of Alissa W)
The asylum was built to house 250 people, however in the height of operation in the 60s it was severely overcrowded and was home to 2,500 people! We also learned about the different treatments administered throughout the years, which included aqua therapy (not as pleasant as it sounds), insulin shock therapy, electroconvulsive therapy, and lobotomies.
You may be wondering, how could a person end up in the Trans Allegheny asylum? Check out the list below to see if you would have been committed!
Do you belong in the Trans Allegheny Asylum? (photo courtesy of Alyssa C)
Today we began our trek up to Akron, via a very long detour through Weston, WV. We stopped for dinner in Fayetteville, WV (“The coolest small town in America, 2006” according to BudgetTravel Magazine and “Best River Town 2013” according to Blue Ridge Outdoors) and met the Marquis de Lafayette, a revolutionary war hero!
Striking a regal pose with the Marquis
And Dov and Addie were lucky to survive their gator encounter…
Yikes! There’s a gator under this bench!