Memoir Madness: Driven to Involuntary Commitment

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Chapter 71. March 6-7, 1969


Melanie, Oil on paper canvas
Painted in 1969,
While the author was in Cherokee.
The painting was probably touched up later
and signed after she was married.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Chapter 88: A Journey Ends and Epilogue


Cherokee Mental Health:
100 Years of Serving Iowan's [sic]

Chapter 87: May 5, 1969--A Journey Ends, Another Begins



Jennifer's Bus Ticket
From Sioux City, Iowa, to York, Pennsylvania
Purchased May 1, 1969
Left May 5 and arrived May 6, 1969

Chapter 87: May 1-6, 1969


Leaving Cherokee
A long journey ends
August 30, 2004

Metaphorically leaving behind April 16, 1969 

Chapter 63: February 19-28, 1969


Jennifer's Ground Privilege Card, which allowed her ground privileges and responsibilities, as stated on the card:
Ground Privileges are given to patients for treatment purposes. The patients receiving them should be able to conduct themselves in keeping with the responsibility expected of them. They will be revoked for those patients who demonstrate that they cannot assume the responsibility. Any patient on the grounds unaccompanied by personnel may be asked to show his ground privilege card and should carry it on him at all times.
Jennifer found this card in 2012, among her papers.
  

Section V: Cherokee


Institution grounds, some of the loveliest around



The Cherokee Administration Building



Patient quarters, complete with turret, where the social area of the ward was located



Portico, where Jennifer was escorted into the facility



The turret.
Inside, the TV and living room were located in the turret



Donohoe, where patients could play basketball and other sports
Tunnels connected the various buildings

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Note: These photos were taken on August 30, 2004, by Jennifer Semple Siegel. The author was incarcerated during the winter of 1969.




Chapter 49: Mo--“That Hippie”


"That hippie" Jeff Brown, 1970



An envelope addressed to Jennifer (from Jeff Brown)

Jeff and Jennifer exchanged about 90 letters during the two months she was in the institution