Peoria County Genealogical Society
Post Office Box 1489
Peoria, Illinois 61655-1489

Join us at our meeting Thursday, May 14 at 6:30pm

Peoria Public Library North Branch behind at 3001 W. Grand Parkway off Townline Road behind Menard’s.

The area is well lighted with parking close to the door. The public is always invited.



The Story Behind The Peoria State Hospital Bartonville, Illinois by Gary Lisman

The Peoria State Hospital existed from 1902 until the end of 1973. Its impact on the neighboring community was immense. It helped dispel ideas of a demon driven disease to a universally prevalent one capable of “infecting” anyone. Humane treatment was now encapsulated by a scientific coating. Prejudice and avoidance were largely overcome. Peoria State was a hospital, an instrument of social change and an institution where brave people resided both as staff and patients. Gary will endeavor to explain what occurred at the Peoria State Hospital during its fascinating history. He will discuss such topics as: history, treatments, myths associated with the facility diseases, patients and staff, etc. Hopefully, those who attend this program will have a better understanding of the hospital’s history, and the thousands of men and women who, at one time or another called it, no matter how briefly, “home.”