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Meet and greet with Susan Foote: the Anoka State Hospital

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Anoka County Historical Society

2135 North 3rd Avenue

Anoka, MN 55303

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The stirring story of the reform movement that laid the groundwork for a modern mental health system in Minnesota

In 1940 Engla Schey, the daughter of Norwegian immigrants, took a job as a low-paid attendant at Anoka State Hospital, one of Minnesota’s seven asylums. She would work among people who were locked away under the shameful label “insane,” called inmates—and numbered more than 12,000 throughout the state. She acquired the knowledge and passion that would lead to “The Crusade for Forgotten Souls,” a campaign to reform the deplorable condition of mental institutions in Minnesota. This book chronicles that remarkable undertaking inspired and carried forward by ordinary people under the political leadership of Luther Youngdahl, a Swedish Republican who was the state’s governor from 1946 to 1951.

Join the Anoka County History Center in welcoming author Susan Foote for a Q&A, social time, and reading of her new book, "The Crusade for Forgotten Souls."

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