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1900-1980 Carnivals & amusements

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1900-1980: Carnivals & Amusements

Medical therapy alone could not foster recovery. A guiding strategy of the hospital was to combine medical treatment with amusement, exercise, and physical labor. Activities designed to relieve the monotony of life on the wards included walking in the gardens, playing croquet, reading, watching films, performing in musicals and dramas, and playing baseball, cards, or billiards. Patients and staff also participated in the hospital's annual carnival, with its rides, games, and live entertainment.

Patients in costume at a Halloween party.
Fulton State Hospital

Patients in costume at a Halloween party.

Some images in this exhibition have been electronically altered to protect the identity of past and present hospital patients.

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