Glore Museum Improves Exhibits Under New Leadership

By Jonathan Cooper | jcooper@kq2.com

Published 01/17 2014 05:45PM

Updated 01/20 2014 09:22AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Sara Wilson has been at the St. Joseph Museums for less than a year but is already making her impact felt.

Wilson is the new interpretive planner of the Glore Pyschiatric Museum. Her first job was to update many of the exhibits.

"It just needed a fresh look," Wilson said.

As part of her efforts, she began by creating a nurses exhibit near the entrance.

She made old pictures and graphics much bigger to stick out.

"The days of you just putting something in a case and put a label on it are long over. It's got to be an experience," Public Relations Chief Kathy Reno said.

Among the changes is an entire exhibit on lobotomies. The room shows a history of the surgery's impact on the hospital.

A new artistic structure of pill bottles hangs four stories in the stairwell. The third floor includes a gallery of art created by patients through the years.

The changes are part of an ongoing effort by the museum to keep it fresh.

"You've always got to improve your technique," Reno said.

They also hope to reduce the stigma of mental illness.

"We have a lot of work in this country that needs to be done about mental illness," Wilson said. "A lot of discussions that need to be had and I think we are a good forum for that."


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