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1840: A Revolution in Treatment

1851: A Place for a Cure

1870: Long Term Care

1900: Emerging Treatments

1900-1960: Tuberculosis

1956: Spiritual Health

1900-1980: Carnivals & Amusements

1900-1960: Life on the Ward

1960-1980: Life on the Wards

1930-1950: New Treatments

1950 to the Present: Drug Therapy

1947: Occupational Therapy

1930-1966: Surgical Treatment

1988: Social Learning Program

1957: Youth Program

1980: Outpatient Treatment

The Hopeful Future

1956: Spiritual Health

As superintendent, Alfred K. Baur established a chaplaincy program at the hospital. Determined to treat spiritual as well as physical and mental needs, Baur hired Reverend Dr. William Rogers as the hospital's first full-time chaplain in 1956. Rogers conducted chapel in each building and offered spiritual counseling. He also laid the foundation for today's Clinical Pastoral Education Program, wherein religion students serve twelve-month internships, not to evangelize, but to learn to approach patients as humans. With rising patient diversity, today's program is challenged to work with many faiths.

Stained glass window from the chapel of the Biggs Center for the Criminally Insane.
Photo Greg Olson
Stained glass window from the chapel of the Biggs Center for the Criminally Insane. Designed by a patient of the Fulton State Hospital and crafted by Fulton artist Katherine Howser, 1990.

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Online Exhibit Created 2003
Missouri State ArchivesOffice of the Secretary of State, Missouri