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1950's day at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas

1950's day at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1990
This photograph shows some of the activities therapy staff at the Menninger Clinic performing Be-Bop music to celebrate 50's Day. They are in the dining room, Thornlea Commons, on the West Campus. The Menninger Clinic philosophy of treatment was the bio-psycho-social approach. This philosophy of treatment integrated medical, psychodynamic, developmental, and family systems to treat the total health of patients.


Hopkins gymnasium, Menninger Clinic, Topeka, Kansas

Hopkins gymnasium, Menninger Clinic, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1952
This photograph shows the newly constructed Hopkins Gymnasium on the East Campus of the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas. James "Red" Pratt, Director of Adjunctives Therapies is shooting baskets while an unidentified staff member is lifting weights. In 1925, the Menninger Sanitarium Corporation purchased a farmhouse on the west edge of Topeka, Kansas. The farmhouse became the inpatient clinic and the surrounding 20 acres were developed with buildings and gardens to become the "East Campus" of the Menninger Foundation. This photograph documents the construction of an important building in the Menninger philosophy of treatment. In 1982, the "West Campus", a much larger area, was developed west of Topeka, a residential scale community of 28 structures on a 350 acre hilltop campus. In 2003, the Menninger Foundation was moved to Houston, Texas.


James Pratt at Menninger Clinic, Topeka, Kansas

James Pratt at Menninger Clinic, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1960 and 1969
James Pratt (Red) is shown with boxes of playing cards. He worked in activity therapy at the Menninger Clinic. Their philosophy was that mental illness could be treated with an integrated medical, psychodynamic, and developmental approach for the total health of patients.


Menninger Clinic adjunctive therapy staff, Topeka, Kansas

Menninger Clinic adjunctive therapy staff, Topeka, Kansas
Date: April 1960
Menninger Clinic's adjunctive therapy staff is shown working in the garden south of White Cottage on the East Campus in Topeka, Kansas. Staff members shown are Mrs. Adalene Skinner, Miss Martha Koplewski, Miss Rhea McCandliss, Mrs. Helen Powers, Mr. James Pratt, Mr. William MacMillan, and Mr. Dean Page.


Menninger Clinic children's division staff in Topeka, Kansas

Menninger Clinic children's division staff in Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1980-1985
This photograph shows the staff of the children's division of the Menninger Clinic. The Menninger Clinic established the Southard School for children in 1926. The school fostered treatment programs for children and adolescents that were recognized worldwide.


Rosenberry Activities Therapy Building, Menninger East Campus, Topeka, Kansas

Rosenberry Activities Therapy Building, Menninger East Campus, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1963
The six black and white photographs of rooms show various interior views of the rooms and arts and crafts activities in the newly constructed Rosenberry Activities Therapy Building. The Menninger Clinic philosophy of treatment was the bio-psycho-social approach. This philosophy of treatment integrated medical, psychodynamic, developmental, and family systems to treat the total health of patients. The people shown in the rooms are Menninger staff members. The photographs were taken by The Week Ahead, a weekly patient newspaper.


Staff recreation at Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas

Staff recreation at Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1980-1985
Recreation facilities at Menninger Clinic were available to staff during times when they were not used for patients. This supported a strong wellness and exercise program for the staff. The Menninger philosophy of an integrated medical, psychodynamic, and developmental approach for the total health of patients extended to the employee policies.


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