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Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum offers free lecture

November 29, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

Chris Payne is a photographer who specializes in the documentation of America's vanishing architecture and industrial landscape.

His book, "Asylum: Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals" (MIT Press, 2009), is the result of a six-year exploration of America's largely abandoned state mental institutions.

This program is part of a larger project that explores the history of mental healthcare.

The public lecture is free and open to the public today. The museum rooms at the Asylum will be open at 5 p.m. for the public. The lecture will begin at 6 p.m.

The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the nationally recognized historic landmark. The proceeds from tours, events and souvenir sales fund the ongoing preservation projects.

TALA is committed to bringing awareness of the history of the treatment of mental illness and the facility that shaped a community.

For additional information on tours, events, preservation, or to schedule an interview, please contact the TALA office at 304-269-5070, or email

For additional information on the WVU involvement with TALA, please contact Bingmannm at



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