Pat, who is going on 107 years old, says she was surprised that her difficulty breathing was caused by a heart problem, not her lungs.
The historical record is written and maintained, in many cases, by people who wanted their story told – and told in a certain way.
So when Susan Bartlett Foote came across the diary of Engla Schey, with accounts and photographs of the conditions in mid-20th century Minnesota mental institutions, she knew these were forgotten – but vitally important – stories about forgotten people.
The Crusade for Forgotten Souls: Reforming Minnesota’s Mental Institutions, 1946-1954 is published by University of Minnesota Press.
Background and information that led to the assassination.