Spend your lunch hour at the Goodhue County History Center for our monthly free lunchtime program! Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch with them for our History Break programs.
Minnesota State College Southeast’s Chris Stout will discuss the history behind the Rochester State Hospital. Rochester State Hospital operated from 1879 – 1982 and served thousands of patients over the hundred years of its operation. When the Mayo Clinic opened in 1889 with six patients, there were already over one thousand patients being treated in Rochester at the state hospital. Over its years of operation, patients from different ethnicities were treated and often the stereotypes and prejudices of the times affected how they were diagnosed and treated. Of great interest is a scandal that erupted in 1889 when a black patient was killed by two attendants and was covered up. This scandal led to a statewide investigation and led to major reforms in the organization of state institutions in Minnesota.