Welcome to Kentucky Historic Institutions!

Please check this post for important information. The mission of Kentucky Historic Institutions is to preserve memories, advocate for the forgotten patients and employees and to educate the public about the individual history of Kentucky’s asylums, hospitals and institutions. Written, visual, and oral histories will be provided for the various institutions so please check our…

Kentucky’s Historical Lunacy Laws

The following is a compilation of lunacy laws that were established in the Commonwealth of Kentucky up to the year 1883. Please remember to keep these laws in a historical context when reading them. The book, in its entirety, is in the public domain and can be viewed freely online. To view the book online,…

Book Giveaway!

At this time, the contest is over and the winner has been contacted. Hello, everyone! To start the new year off on a positive note we have decided to do a book giveaway. One person will win a brand new copy of the book, This Way Madness Lies by author Mike Jay. It contains more…

CSH: John Perkins Gallery

On July 22. 1997 Kentucky photographer John Perkins took several photographs during the demolition of Central States remaining buildings. Included in these are rare interior images of the Administration building. Note: All pictures on this pages are used with explicit permission  and courtesy of John Perkins.     – Contributed by Jay Gravatte This work…

Dorothea Dix: Crusader for the Insane

The beginnings of Dorothea “Dolly” Lynde Dix were shrouded in mystery for many years. Miss Dix, even in her later years, always remained secretive about her early life. In fact, many of her friends didn’t even know her date of birth. Eventually, it was uncovered that Miss Dix was born on the fourth of April,…

Madness: Treatments for Insanity

This post is a brief review of historical methodologies for treating mental disorders. In the latter half of the 20th century, a number of non-invasive methods were used as well. The proceeding information should not be construed as medical advice. Please contact a physician if you have medical questions related to treatments of mental disorders or…