Blood, Brains, and Lobotomies at The Southeast Ohio History Center

The Southeast Ohio History Center is sponsoring the second presentation in its 2018 speaker series celebration the 150th anniversary of the historic Athens Asylum on Thursday, April 19th at 6pm.


Join us for an evening with author Mindy McGinnis as she shares the research behind her Edgar Award-Winning Gothic historical thriller, A MADNESS SO DISCREET. Learn about how doctors treated brain injuries in the 1890’s and the different aspects of care for the mentally ill – for better or for worse. Also included is a brief history of The Athens Lunatic Asylum, the setting for the novel.


This event is part of our Athens Asylum Sesquicentennial Series and is made possible, in part, with the support of Ohio Humanities, Ohio University, the City of Athens Historic Preservation Commission, the Athens County Commissioners, and BDT Architects and Design. Their support enables us to bring these programs to the public free of charge!


The Southeast Ohio History Center is located at 24 West State Street in Athens. For more information about this event or the 2018 Asylum Speaker Series call 740-592-2280 or visit the website at