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THE CRUSADE FOR FORGOTTEN SOULS event at the Mayo Clinic with Susan Bartlett Foote

When Mar 20, 2019
from 05:30 PM to 07:30 PM
Where Mayo Clinic, Leighton Auditorium, 2nd Floor Siebens Building, 100 Second Ave. SW, Rochester, MN 55905
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Foote_Crusade coverSusan Bartlett Foote will be at the Mayo Clinic on Wednesday, March 20 at 5:30 p.m. for a presentation and signing of her new book, The Crusade for Forgotten Souls: Reforming Minnesota's Mental Institutions, 1946-1954. A complimentary light buffet will begin at 5:30, and the program will begin at 6:00. Please RSVP by March 18 via email to Hilary Lane,, or by phone (507) 284-3676.


The Crusade for Forgotten Souls recounts Minnesota’s reform movement that broke the stigma surrounding mental illness, publicized the painful truth about the state’s asylums, and resulted in the first legislative steps toward a modern mental health system. Susan Bartlett Foote tells the story of the early advocates for compassionate care of the mentally ill who made the crusade a success.


"The Crusade for Forgotten Souls recounts the story of courageous Minnesotans who fought the first battle in the ongoing fight for the rights of the mentally ill. Others have taken up the cause, like my father, Paul Wellstone, who made mental health reform the centerpiece of his years in the United States Senate. Susan Bartlett Foote’s compelling story provides an inspiration to current reformers to continue the crusade for what my father called ‘a besieged minority.’" —Dave Wellstone


"In a wondrous feat of research and storytelling, Susan Bartlett Foote has distilled personal accounts, public and institutional records, and newspaper coverage to dramatically detail Minnesota’s mental health reform of the last century. Her narrative is harrowing and inspiring—a tribute to the difficult work of countless people, many of them outraged ordinary folk, who challenged the horrors of a stubborn and intractable system." —Jack El-Hai, author of The Nazi and the Psychiatrist and The Lobotomist