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Indiana Commission on Public Records

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Patients were treated to an occasional outing or in-house performance. Dramatic and musical clubs performed plays and musical numbers in the hospital auditorium. Sojourns to the fair, baseball games, and the circus were offered once or twice a year.

4th of July Picnic (c.1920)

Fourth of July Picnic for CSH Patients, circa 1920; first Fourth of July picnic held in 1889 (576 KB)

In warmer weather, the hospital held Fourth of July picnics and dancing parties for patients in the outdoor pavilion. CSH celebrated Christmas by hosting a holiday celebration, during which the staff presented a gift to each patient. The hospital also held religious services on the Sabbath for Christian patients.

Hospital Grounds (c. 1893)

Hospital Grounds, circa 1893 (120 KB)

In 1879, the hospital built a ten pin bowling alley and a room for pool and billiards tables; the patients and the staff were thrilled. Patients also spent much of their free time strolling about the hospital's idyllic grounds and greenhouse.