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Join American Hauntings for a night at one of the most chilling locations in Missouri — the Glore Psychiatric Museum in St. Joseph! Once part of the state’s second insane asylum, it’s a place where the spirits of the past are believed to still linger! Are you brave enough to experience this eerie place with all of the lights out?
American Hauntings will be taking a very limited number of ghost hunters behind the locked doors of the museum and former asylum hospital for a night in search of it’s haunted past! Over the years, many people have described strange and unexplainable experiences with the lingering ghosts and this is your chance to see if it’s really as haunted as so many people claim!
Don’t miss your chance to visit the famous Glore Psychiatric Museum, which chronicles the more than 130-year history of what was once “State Lunatic Asylum No. 2.” The first part of the evening will be a tour of the museum and a look at the history of Missouri’s state asylums — then we’ll be shutting down the lights until 2:00 AM for a ghost hunt of this chilling site!
The asylum opened in November 1874 with 25 patients. Dr. George C. Catlett was the hospital’s first superintendent. Demand caused rapid growth. The original 275 beds filled quickly. An additional 120 beds were added, and then another 350. Relatives who could no longer provide for their family members’ special needs admitted most patients. A devastating fire in 1879 only temporarily slowed that growth. When the hospital reopened in 1880, it became a sanctuary not only for the mentally ill, but also for tuberculosis patients, syphilitic patients, alcoholic patients, and patients with physical disabilities.
By the early 1950s, the patient population had grown to nearly 3,000, which made the hospital one of the largest employers in St. Joseph. It was not until the 1970s that the hospital began to downsize in order to concentrate on treating the mentally ill. Patients who suffered from physical illnesses were transferred to other hospitals for specialized treatment.
The Glore Psychiatric Museum is named for its founder George Glore, who spent most of his 41-year career with the Missouri Department of Mental Health nurturing its collections into arguably the largest and best single exhibition explaining the evolution of mental health care in the United States. It has since been named one of the “most unusual museums in the U.S.” — and many say, the most haunted!
Are you brave enough to join us for this chilling night!