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June 3rd, 2008

New Book: Spring Grove State Hospital

Spring Grove State HospitalThere’s a new pictorial history of Spring Grove State Hospital entitled… Spring Grove State Hospital. It’s was compiled by David Helsel, M.D. and Trevor Blank. (Dr. Helsel is the superintendent of Spring Grove Hospital Center.)

The book was published as part of the Images of America series. Images of America books are pretty consistently good quality resources for historical images and history.

I haven’t seen the book myself yet, but I’m told that several images of the Spring Grove Kirkbride building are included. If the images are anything like those on the hospital web site’s virtual tour of the old Kirkbride, I’m sure they’re worth seeing, especially in print.

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  1. Phil June 4, 2008, 1:40 pm

    I just ordered a copy from Amazon. I’ll let you know if it’s worth picking up.

  2. Ethan June 4, 2008, 6:49 pm

    Thanks! In case you weren’t already planning on it, please comment here so other people can read your opinion.

  3. Phil June 10, 2008, 12:54 pm

    I just got the book this morning, at first glance it seems worth the money. Check out my post in the Spring Grove Forum for more details. I was also able to scan 2 pics on my lunch break.
    Once I get time to sit down a read the book I will be able to give a better review.

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