Asylum: Pontiac's Grand Monument From the Gilded Age

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Opened in 1878 as one of the nation's foremost hospitals serving patients with mental illness, what was most recently known as the Clinton Valley Center was a city within a city, imbued with the optimism and exuberance of an America celebrating its centennial, and designed by one of the most prolific and gifted architects of the Gilded Age. This is the story of how enterprise, stewardship, and innovation created 19th century Pontiac's first "economic engine." It also reveals how the early hospital was a catalyst for a remarkable confluence of individuals who went on to historic roles in several fields. Highlights include the hospital's construction, its 122-year presence in the community, and ultimately its decline and destruction. Sidebars detail construction techniques and background on figures associated with the hospital's innovations and founding. Includes over 150 historic photos and illustrations.

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Bruce J. Annett, Jr. has written and edited news and feature stories about hundreds of individuals as well as institutions, events, and history during his career in communications and public affairs at Lawrence Technological University and earlier, with DePauw University. He has also served as a communication consultant to a variety of community non-profit and public service organizations. Annett established Lawrence Tech's University Archives and has been a director of the Oakland County (MI) Pioneer & Historical Society since 1978. The recipient of nearly 30 national awards for communication excellence and achievement, Annett is a graduate of Albion College and Michigan State University.

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2003 Award of Merit, for excellence in publishing -- Michigan Historical Society

2004 Certificate of Commendation, recognizing achievement in preserving and interpreting local history. -- American Association for State and Local History

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