The Anoka State Hospital

From the earliest discussions at the turn of the century about its location, to the later controversies over patient treatment, the State Hospital in Anoka has a storied history. In 2013, ACHS received a grant in order to better document that history, and oral interviews were conducted in 2014 as a part of that project. ACHS now has 22 interviews documenting what life was like at the Anoka State Hospital, and the changes that took place there over the years.

The audio and video of these interviews is available in the Reading Room at ACHS

As a large employer in the area, the Anoka State Hospital touched many people in both the city and the county. Staff and patient interactions with the community over time (both good and bad), created further connections. ACHS has attempted to capture many of these stories. Interviews were conducted with former employees, family, community members, doctors and some patients. The list is alphabetical by last name of the interviewee.

Anderson, Gretchen – Transcript
Anderson, Tom – Transcript
Berger, Dorothy – Transcript
Blesi, Cynthia*
Boos, Doris – Transcript
Christian, Larry – Transcript
Farrell, Russ – Transcript
Haertl, Kristine – Transcript
Karlen, Markle – Transcript
Kyllonen, Dr. Ron – Transcript
Larson, Ann – Transcript
Lynch, Shirley – Transcript
McBride, Kris – Transcript
Nelson, Cliff – Transcript
Newcomb, Roy – Transcript
Olsen, Mary – Transcript, Transcript about Suit**
Olson, Bruce – Transcript
Resman, Michael – Transcript
Sandberg, Sharon – Transcript
Siewart, Karen – Transcript
Walton, Linda – Transcript

*Transcript of this interview is not currently available.

**This interview is about an artifact of the Anoka State Hospital, a suit created by a patient in the 1940s.


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