Montana teachers can earn three OPI renewal units during an educational event at the Museum of the Rockies on Thursday, Oct. 11. The evening is hosted by the Extreme History Project, MoR and the Yellowstone Writing Project, a program of the MSU Department of English.
A public talk on the history of Montana’s Warm Springs hospital will be surrounded by events designed for educators, including an overview of museum resources and a discussion of potential classroom applications. The educator event begins at 5:30 with an optional museum tour at 4:15. The cost is $35; light refreshments are included.
The educational presentation by Lesley M. Gilmore includes an overview of Warm Springs’ early history as a self-sufficient campus. Manufacturing and farming were considered part of the care for the insane. The bucolic setting was typical of state mental institutions, yet has the added distinction of being based at the Warm Springs Mound, a calcite geothermal formation like that of the elephant mound in Mammoth Hot Springs of Yellowstone National Park.
The Warm Springs hospital still focuses – in reduced capacity since distributed clinical care was instituted in the 1960s – on individualized recovery programs to help patients transition back into to the community. The hospital has served the state for over 140 years and remains the only public psychiatric hospital in the state.
Teachers can register for this event through MSU Academic Technology and Outreach at http://ato.montana.edu/continuinged and look for “Warm Springs” or go to http://bit.ly/18FAHEALING. For more information call (406) 994-6550.