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A little off topic but still might be of interest

I’m into history, have been since I was a kid not real sure why exactly but it has always fascinated me.  Well, over the past couple years I’ve been looking at postcards, some I purchsed others I dream of purchasing and the topis I seem drawn to are local history depicted on postcards or anything depicting images of state hospitals … sometimes these overlap a bit since there is a state hospital in my local area, and recently I’ve been caughtup in studying it’s history.

I know others enjoy collecting postcards, and in light of Allentown State Hospital closing, I was wandering around looking for images of the facility.  this particular link I’m going to include here will take you to a page on a site that sells postcard, I wanted to let folks know I don’t have any affilliation with the site and simply am posting the link because they have a nice pic of Allentown State Hospital that I thought was interesting.

without further delay, here’s the link ….  http://www.cardcow.com/272667/administration-building-allentown-state-hospital-pennsylvania/

The site is called Cardcow, but it’s got tons of neat postcards you can browse through, so if you’re a collector of postcards you might like this site.


“Transfer of patients into Wernersville State Hospital from Allentown nearly complete “


The above link will take you to an article found in the June 15, 2010 edition of the Reading Eagle.  it is a short article, but talks a little about Wernersville State Hospital and how the transfers from Allentown State Hospital are going.

“New mental-health ward slated for Sacred Heart”


The nightmarishly long link above will take you to a full artical on the morning Call website that discusses a new treatment unit being opend at Sacred Heart Hospital in response to the closing of Allentown State Hospital.  The unit will be able to admit folks for upto 180 days according to the article so it will be a longer term unit but smaller in size then Allentown State Hospital.

I do appollogize for the link if it were my work I would have made it MUCH shorter and more humane, but it is the work of the folks at Morning Call.

“Allentown State Hospital Undergoes a Slow Painful Death”

Allentown State Hospitalhttp://www.mcall.com/opinion/yourview/mc-alex-thomas-allentown-state-hospit20100616,0,2105275.story

This is an Opinion article found in The Morning Call talking about what the process of closing Allentown State Hospital has been like so far from the perspective of a staff Psychiatrist who works there.

Haven House in Allentown to relocate


Haven House has been told that with the closing of Allentown State Hospital, they will need to relocate.  They are asking the powers that be to assure that they have adequate time to do so and have asked for help from the general public.  The above link wll give you more information about their situation.

“Allentown State Hospital Public Meeting”


This article dated March 24, 2010 and found on the WFMZ-TV 69 website at the above address, includes comments from both patients, staff and others who would be effected by the closing of Allentown State Hospital.

System ill-prepared for hospital closing – mcall.com

System ill-prepared for hospital closing – mcall.com

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The above link will take you to what I feel is probably a letter to the editor type piece, but I can’t say for sure, it is very short in length, but it does raise an interesting point about the number of calls heard on police radios with regards to folks with mental illnesses

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