Earlier today, my friend John sent me an email with a link to an amazing and haunting story. It seems that back in the day at a NEW YORK STATE mental hospital, suitcases filled with belongings and memories pertaining to patients were put away in an attic and forgotten. They were hidden and lost collecting dust like most of the patients who were kept against their will.
The discovery of their luggage and their lives has become the subject of this new book:
entitled "The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic," based on research into the lives of people whose suitcases were found in an abandoned attic at Willard Psychiatric Center in New York State. The website and exhibit present the lives of the suitcase owners in all their richness and complexity, and examine the history of psychiatric institutions during the early-mid 20th century through the eyes of those who spent decades within their walls."
This also resulted in a travelling exhibit with the pieces. Some memorabilia reveals the lost identities of these victims to a mental health system
PLEASE check out this blog for the back story on this poor girl!
The website is at www.SuitcaseExhibit.org
and information about the traveling exhibit is at
(for Danielle, doesn't this seem like my BFA fictional ART Story? Weird, the lost lives and the old photos and possessions and the suitcases!!??)