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Thursday Nov 12

The South Carolina State Hospital, Stories from Bull Street, Online Talk and Book Chat with Author William Buchheit

Thursday, November 12, 2020 7:00 pm


Before fire destroyed the historic South Carolina mental institution William
Buchheit wrote a fascinating book about the hospital. Nearly two decades
after it closed, the South Carolina State Hospital continues to hold a
palpable mystique in Columbia and throughout the state. Founded in 1821 as
the South Carolina Lunatic Asylum, it housed, fed and treated thousands of
patients incapable of surviving on their own. The patient population in 1961
eclipsed 6,600, well above its listed capacity of 4,823, despite an operating
budget that ranked forty-fifth out of the forty-eight states with such large
public hospitals. By the mid-1990s, the patient population had fallen under
700, and the hospital had become a symbol of captivity, horror and chaos.
Author William Buchheit details this history through the words and interviews
of those who worked on the iconic campus.

This event is free and open to the public. There are 100 spots for the zoom
event and they are first come, first served. Registering for the event is the
only way to guarantee participation in the Q&A portion.
To register please do one of the following:
Visit and click the link for this event
Click the ticket link in the Facebook event
Visit and search for The South Carolina State Hospital Talk
and Book Chat.
Please remember to use the same email address throughout the process. This
Zoom event will be simulcast on Sumter County Museum's Facebook page.


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