Wornall/Majors Institute: Session 1

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Wornall/Majors Institute: Session 1

July 1 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Nineteenth century America was a time of immense innovation and profound change. While reformers began making great strides in social services and perceptions of underserved populations, institutional change was slow, and marginalized people were often hidden and sometimes sensationalized. Even wealthy families like Alexander Majors’ were not exempt from social mores of the time. Through the fascinating life story of Majors, his second wife Susan, and his many children, we explore some of these largely forgotten communities of people.

Join us for a self-paced online educational experience exploring three topics: Mental Health in the Nineteenth Century, Work Houses and Poor Houses in the Nineteenth Century, and Unhappy Marriages in the Nineteenth Century. Each month, you will be provided with links to short educational YouTube videos as well as additional learning challenges. Complete at least 3 challenges in all three topics to receive a “graduation” prize at the end of the series! Topics will be released on the first day of July, August, and September, and you will have until Friday, September 30 to complete your challenges.

This is a free educational series, but we humbly request a donation of $5 per session from those who are able to give. Your donation lets us continue to keep programs free for all.

Session One: Mental Health in the Nineteenth Century
Alexander Majors’ daughter Katherine had life-long mental health issues and spent over 30 years in a state hospital for a condition that may likely have been managed as an out-patient issue today. Her story is not unique, especially among women, who were often institutionalized for issues such as anxiety, postpartum depression, and even for behaving outside of social norms. We’ll be discussing the evolution of the perception and treatment of mental health in the nineteenth century during this program.

Videos released July 1


July 1
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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