I finally got some time to update the website a little bit. I have added a couple new photos and fixed some dead links.
The following galleries have new photos:
I have added two new photos to the Postcard Gallery. Both are excellent cards and both are cards that I have never seen before last week. The first is a three postcard landscape view of the entire campus around the turn of the 20th century. The second is of several workers doing some sort of work to the exterior of the building (notice the man sitting on the ladder, perhaps a foreman?). A special thanks to Dianne and Mary for making it possible to add these great images to the website.
*UPDATE* Dec 8
: I was informed this morning that the former owner of these cards has passed away. She was an employee at the hospital in the 1960s where she worked in the medical records department. Mary was 90 years old and was selling items like these cards to help pay for her personal home care. I'm told that she was quite pleased to see the postcards on the website and was going to look around for more "treasures" to sell. I'm glad I was able to bring a smile to her face in her final days and my thoughts and prayers to out to her family.
To anyone that may have ended up here while looking for the official Danville State Hospital website...
There is a new Danville Pennsylvania Dept of Public Welfare Website. The new website has not yet reached Google or Yahoo search results. And unfortunatly the old website doesn't forward you to the new one, making it quite difficult for those that may not be too internet savvy to find the new offical website.
I have also updated all the links on my website to the new Danville page. On a side note, it looks like they have been doing some more work on the building. Looking at the new photo they have on the website, it looks like they have painted the white trim, making the building look much brighter and really nice.
Thanks to TrajanMax over at KirkbrideBuildings.com
for finding this image in his copy of William Egle's History of the Commonwealth of PA (1876) and for allowing me to use the image on the website. You can see the full size image in the Vintage Photo Gallery
(third photo from the left in the top row).
I received an email this morning notifying me that Department of Public Welfare may be considering closing the 97 year old Allentown State Hospital. The closure is being met with a good bit of resistance. Below are links to news articles on the closure, I will add new links as I find them. Should I find out any more information I will also post it here. Please feel free to leave a comment or email me if you come across any new information on the Allentown closure.NEWS ARTICLES:
For those that may not be aware, the Fox series 'House
' season 6 premier aired last week and it featured real shots of the exterior of the Greystone Park State Hospital
in New Jersey. Interior scenes of the 2 hour premier episode were filmed on a sound stage that was designed after the interior of the actual hospital. Whether you are a fan of House or not, I recommend watching the 2 hour episode. I personally had never seen more than 10 minutes of the series before watching it. I originally wanted to see it just to see Greystone, but I ended up actually really liking the characters. You can see the episode online at Hulu.com for free. For those that may be able to shed some light on how accurately the show represented present day state hospitals, please feel free to comment.LINKS:See the 2hr premier episodeA video about the making of the Mayfield setLearn more about Greystone Park State HospitalView the House website
I just added 13 new vintage photos to the website from an annual report that I recently purchased. A lot of the photos are taken inside the Main Building and really show off how elaborate the building used to be decorated. The photos are of the Main Building
and the Grounds
. Below are some of my favorites out of the new photos.
Welcome to my new website dedicated to Danville State Hospital, and welcome to the new Danville State Hospital Blog! This is where I will post any note worthy website updates as well as any news, events, or information about the hospital. If you know of anything happening at the hospital that you feel is worth putting here, please don't hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org also, please feel free to post your comments. Enjoy the site!