The 3rd Reunion of former patients, staff, volunteers and families of the Michigan Hospital School, Michigan Convalescent Home, and the Sister Kenny Hospital — all names of the early children’s hospital in Farmington — will be held this fall. If you’d like to come, contact Kimberly Gimmarro or Pam Everidge at (248) 426-6951 or email@example.com.
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At our first Welcome Home reunion event, held September 13, 2008, we asked those present to share their story. To prompt their personal recollections of time spent at the children’s hospital, we provided a brief list of questions:
- When were you diagnosed and how did you arrive here?
- Describe a typical day.
- Which staff do you recall and why?
- What do you recall of the grounds?
- Where did you go on outings?
- What do you recall of the food? What was your favorite meal? What was your least favorite meal?
- What was the most mischievous thing you did during your stay at the hospital?
The answers were as colorful and varied as the attendees! And the recollections were nearly immediate!
If you’d like to share your story, please send it to: Kimberly Gimmarro, Executive Assistant (& Reunion Coordinator), Botsford Continuing Care Corporation, 21450 Archwood Circle, Farmington Hills, Michigan 48336. Don’t forget to include a phone number and return address. You may also e-mail your story to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, July 11, 2009, we welcomed back 40 former patients, their families, and a relative of a two former staff members. Along with those present, Wayne State University’s Walter P. Reuther Library Director Michael O. Smith led a team of archivists in cataloguing early photographs and memorabilia from those affiliated with the early hospital.
The collection will afford researchers and those affiliated with the early hospital a unique glimpse into life at the early Farmington children’s hospital.
More than one Reunion attendee was able to locate with some degree of certainty their former room. Attendees represented the years 1929 - 1954, and came from as far as Long Beach, California and Plano, Texas!
Persons interested in donating to the hospital’s archive may contact Mike Smith at the Walter P. Reuther Library at 313-577-0415.
Mark your calendars! Welcome Home – A Reunion 2009 will be held Saturday, July 11, 2009 at Botsford Commons Senior Community. We welcome those affiliated with the Michigan Hospital School in Farmington, Michigan back for a special day!
Reconnect with your past, and tell your story! This is the year we will establish the formal archive for the former children’s hospital with the Walter P. Reuther Library at Wayne State University. The oral history project which began last year will continue, in hopes of preserving personal recollections of an important hospital in Farmington area history.
For reservations, contact Kimberly Gimmarro at (248) 426-6951 or email@example.com.
Directions to the former hospital site are on the web at www.botsfordcommons.org.
Welcome home for your reunion!
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Many thanks to all who participated in the 1st Reunion of the former patients, employees, physicians, staff and volunteers of the children’s hospital (Michigan Hospital School for Crippled Children, Michigan Convalescent Home, or Sister Kenny Polio Hospital)!
Our volunteers described it as, “like they had been to Greenfield Village and sat with the homeowner of any of their historic structures and asked, ‘just what happened here?’”
How often do you get the opportunity to ask about the past…before it’s gone! We could not appreciate more the participation at our 1st Reunion on documenting an important part of Farmington history! The rain didn’t dampen any spirits, and the memories of the day are treasured!
Keep an eye on the blog this week for updates, including…
The Archiving Event
…news on the event being planned in 2009 to formally open the Archive for this hospital with the Walter P. Reuther Library at Wayne State University. Dan Golodner, from the library, shared some preliminary details about the format for next year’s event, and it will roll-out more easily than any of us could have imagined.
For those who arrived late or could not attend the reunion
The narrative questions have been added to the site. The stories gathered at the 1st Reunion are an amazing glimpse into the heart of the Botsford Commons campus in its earliest days. Watch for details on sharing your personal recollections of the hospital during the time you were here, and also for our archive project.