The History of McLean Hospital
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Original McLean Asylum in Somerville Massachusetts in the early 1800's

Original McLean Asylum in Somerville, early 1800’s

Join the Belmont Historical Society as Terry A. Bragg, Archivist of the McLean Hospital in Belmont since 1981, recounts the remarkable history of this world-famous hospital. From its start, McLean Hospital has followed the principles of “moral treatment”, both in the choice of the beautiful country site on which it is located and in the care delivered to its patients. Since the 19th century, the hospital has attempted to integrate the benefits of both basic and clinical research into educational programs and clinical care. Today, McLean Hospital is providing care for more patients and families than ever before. It has eight locations throughout Eastern Massachusetts, sees more than 6,000 admissions annually, and maintains one of the largest psychiatric neuroscience research programs in the world. Since 1983, Mr. Bragg has also served as Director of Professional Staff Affairs at McLean Hospital.

Early etching showing the McLean Hospital campus in Belmont around the turn of the 20th century. The roads surrounding the hospital grounds (Trapelo Road, Mill Street, Concord Avenue, and Pleasant Street) are highlighted on this etching.

Early etching showing the new McLean Hospital campus in Belmont around the turn of the 20th century. The current roads surrounding the hospital grounds (Trapelo Road, Mill Street, Concord Avenue, and Pleasant Street) are highlighted on this etching. Several of the original buildings are still standing.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 7:30 pm
Assembly Room, Belmont Public Library
336 Concord Avenue, Belmont, Massachusetts
Free, refreshments will be served.

Future Events

  • Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 7:30 – 9:00 pm: Dan Leclerc, retired history teacher, former Belmont Selectman, and former Vice-President of the Belmont Historical Society, will speak about Belmont and World War I.
  • Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 7:30 – 9:00 pm: Gerry Wright will present his one-man play honoring the life and work of Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of landscape architecture who designed the grounds of McLean Hospital and Boston’s “Emerald Necklace” among many other famous parks.
  • Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 7:00 – 9:00 pm: Viktoria Haase, Belmont Historical Society Curator, will present a special program commemorating the 50th anniversary of the rejuvenation of the Society.

Check this page for more information about each of these programs as the dates approach.