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Joe Hoover

Digital Technology Outreach Specialist for the Minnesota Historical Society.

One of the advantages of this job is being able to get out to museums less traveled and in the case of the Saint Peter State Hospital Museum which dwells within the grounds of a maximum security psychiatric hospital – reservations are required. However, that day, the volunteers and staff were holding an open house to show off all the work done on the historic building to get the history museum ready for the public.

St. Peter State Hospital Museum
100 Freeman Drive
St. Peter, MN 56082
(507) 931-7250

BTW: this is Minnesota Local History’s first podcast which I hope will be the first of many as we travel to different museums and historic sites around the state. One of the reasons for doing the podcast is to test and demonstrate ways to create media in variety of ways both on a shoestring budget and with Cadillac video and audio equipment.

As I do this, I hope folks will give advice and feed back on what they have done, what equipment they use and share tips for me and others out there.  I have spent more time writing about how this videos was done and will be answering questions in the “Media” Discussion Group.

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9 Responses to Video Tour of the Saint Peter State Hospital Museum

  1. Laurie Stewart says:

    Thank you so very much for making this video and for posting it online. My husband’s gg-grandmother Clara M. Anderson died at St Peter in, we believe, 1937. He has only recently discovered that she was institution-alized. Believe it or not she was there from it’s opening until she passed! We appreciate getting to see where she spent her last years. We feel she is most likely buried in the old cemetery as she no longer had any family in the area. Again, thank you. Laurie


  2. Kraig Windschitl says:

    Thank you so much, this is such a wonderful resource representing such an important historical site. Any chance there could be some footage of the old cemetery? Again, thank you.


  3. Joe Hoover says:

    Sorry but unfortunately I did not get footage of the cemetery when I was there. I will try to get some footage and photos the next time I visit.


  4. donna says:

    Thanks we like the footage i do have family in and around st peter.
    but we live in Stillwater mn. I work with a ghost hunting team and we just did the warden house in stillwater. do you have any ghost there or story to share. thanks donna


    Joe Hoover reply on April 11th, 2013:

    Have not heard of any ghost stories. You might want to check with the museum staff there however.


  5. justin says:

    what are all the other names and usages of the buildings around the hospital? iv been looking for them but couldnt find anything


  6. Joe Hoover says:

    Most of the other historic buildings have been torn down (including most of the original Kirkbride building) These two articles give quite a bit of background on it I hope you will find helpful.


  7. Desiree Carlson says:

    Thank you so much for posting this!! I just found out that my great grandfather was there for 7 months in 1965, and died there of pneumonia. I had never known anything about his whereabouts or death. This tour was good as a partial closure for me. Thanks again!


  8. Jodi Decker says:

    Add time period music and narration. Are there any books on the museum? Grandmother lived there 7 years.


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