Stories From the Bowen Building:
A podcast on the Peoria State Hospital

Welcome to Alpha Park Library’s Peoria State Hospital Podcast website!

Each episode will be available here every Friday beginning August 5, 2022.


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


Looking for more information on the Peoria State Hospital?
Check out our digital collection, and see what you can view in-person at Alpha Park Public Library

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.