Stories From the Bowen Building:
A podcast on the Peoria State
Welcome to Alpha Park Library’s Peoria State Hospital Podcast website!
Each episode will be available here every Friday beginning August 5, 2022.
This week, we discuss the closing of the Peoria State Hospital, and its effect on the patients, staff, and community with Bill Turner and Dr. James Ward.
In Episode 4, we spoke to three different staff members from the Peoria State Hospital, as they chronicle the major technological and medical advances they witnessed in the 1960s and 1970s. We speak to Drs. James Ward and Robert Flanigan, and return again to our conversation with nurse Beverly Ward.
Episode 3 of Stories from the Bowen Building includes interviews with two of the nurses from Peoria State Hospital, Beverly Grimes and Connie Dean.
Episode 2 features two interviews with the staff members of the Peoria State Hospital, Bill Turner and Evelyn Stafford. Evelyn worked for the Grace Abbot Children’s Center. Bill worked in many different roles while at the Peoria State Hospital, including his role in Activities for adolescent boys.
Evelyn Stafford and her husband in their wedding photos
Heidi and Evelyn
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This podcast is funded by the American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries, which is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.