Jon Crispin's Notebook

Dix Hospital Cemetery / Willard Suitcases

The visit to WUNC went really well.  Frank Stasio was a great interviewer and it was fun to chat with him and Rose Hoban, whose interest in the suitcases brought me to Raleigh for the Lives on the Hill event.  Here is a link to the broadcast.

Dix Hospital Cemetery, Raleigh, NC

I am staying with my friends Eric and Gail Vaughn and yesterday they drove me over the Dix grounds so I could get my bearings.  I saw this marker for the cemetery and we stopped to walk around.

Dix Hospital Cemetery, Raleigh, NC

I was actually shocked to see that the grave markers used names instead of numbers as New York State does.  And it made me both sad and angry that New York still refuses to allow former patients to be identified.

Dix Hospital Cemetery, Raleigh, NC

It would seem such an easy thing to change, but New York State OMH has no interest in doing so.

Dix Hospital Cemetery, Raleigh, NC

Please go to Lin Stuhler’s site and read her goodbye post.  She has said it much better than I ever could.

Tonight is the reception at The Mahler Fine Art gallery in Raleigh and tomorrow is the big public event.  If you are in the area please come by.  Thanks for following.

Willard Suitcases / Back to Work / Flora T

Posted in History, Institutions, medical devices, psychiatry by joncrispin on 16/06/2015

I’ll be back in Rotterdam tomorrow, and am looking forward to shooting again.  We are hoping to finish up with Margaret D’s things soon, and once the Exploratorium cases are back from California, that will just about do it.

I have just uploaded Flora T’s photos to the willardsuitcases.com site and it is worth checking out.  She had some amazing possessions.  When you go to the site, click on “The Cases”, select Flora T, and be sure to select view “all” at the bottom of the page.

My friend Lin Stuhler has just put up a few new posts on her site.  Well worth checking out.  Click here and here.

I hope to post some images from tomorrow when I get home in the evening.  Thanks for following.

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