Mental Health Hospital

The reading from Grob The Mad Among Us detailed the beginnings of Mental Health Institutions in America (Grob 1-128). This link is information about the first established public Mental Health Hospital in America. Located in Williamsburg, the blog describes the first hospital as having been destroyed in a fire and the new one which was built adjacent to it.


My name is Ruth Curran and I am a History major. I chose this course because the topic sounded really interesting and it also worked well with my schedule. I also really enjoyed and felt I acquired a lot of practical knowledge from the last seminar I took with Professor McClurken.

I am a single mother of 2 boys and I also work full time! I am a server and I also am a certified Yoga Instructor. My true passion for work lies in helping people discover wellness from a different perspective, a whole lifestyle approach. We are a very active family, this summer we took many trips to the river, hiking, and kayaking. My sons did 7 miles with me several times on the Appalachian trail this summer which I think is great! I also love horseback riding and having been riding for over 20 years now.

I am looking forward to digging into the materials for the course and learning many different perspectives and insights from the class.