Come to the bookshop on Thursday, April 2nd at 6 p.m. for a conversation between William Buchheit, author of The South Carolina State Hospital: Stories from Bull Street, and Rachel Bricco, a former nurse from SC State Hospital - a place with stories of captivity, horror and chaos. We will also host staff and members of New Day Clubhouse, a Spartanburg organization dedicated to helping those that struggle with mental illness. 10% of The South Carolina State Hospital book sales will be donated to New Day Clubhouse. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP here!
Nearly two decades after it closed, the South Carolina State Hospital continues to hold a palpable mystique in Columbia and throughout the state. Founded in 1821 as the South Carolina Lunatic Asylum, it housed, fed and treated thousands of patients incapable of surviving on their own. The patient population in 1961 eclipsed 6,600, well above its listed capacity of 4,823, despite an operating budget that ranked forty-fifth out of the forty-eight states with such large public hospitals. By the mid-1990s, the patient population had fallen under 700, and the hospital had become a symbol of captivity, horror and chaos. Author William Buchheit details this history through the words and interviews of those who worked on the iconic campus.
For nearly two decades now, William Buchheit has worked as a journalist in Upstate South Carolina. He has won dozens of South Carolina Press Association Awards and was named 2011 "Reporter of the Year" by South Carolina's chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). In recent years, he has become a part-time college English instructor and acclaimed wildlife photographer whose photos of the great white shark have been published by National Geographic and the Smithsonian.
Join us to hear stories from Bull Street, learn more about New Day Clubhouse's involvment in the Spartanburg community, and to meet staff and members from the organization. 10% of The South Carolina State Hospital book sales will be donated to New Day Clubhouse to support Spartanburg County housing, employment, and social programs for those living with mental illnesses. RSVP here!