About the Session:
The Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre opened in 2017 to recognize and preserve the heritage of Humber College’s Lakeshore Campus. The campus has a rich past, including being the site of the former Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital. Through exhibitions and cultural programming, the Interpretive centre aims to play a role in promoting mental health awareness on campus and in the local community of Etobicoke-Lakershore by bringing together advocates, scholars, survivors and students. Their goal is to widen familiarity with the campus’ past mental health facility as a means to open dialogues surrounding contemporary mental health topics. Initiatives undertaken to date include: a history exhibitor; a historically-informed art exhibit; regular historic tours; and the development of a database documenting patients who died while under care (including digital capture of patient casebooks). Using the Lakeshore Centre as a case study, this presentation will explore possibilities for incorporating historical awareness into contemporary care programs.
Dr. Jennifer L. Bazar, is the Curator at the Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre (Humber College). Her research focuses on the history of mental health care with an emphasis on institutions.
Dr. Gregory Klages is a Sessional Instructor at University of Guelph-Humber. His research concerns public history and community building.