Rockhaven Sanitarium Tour

Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 10:00am to 2:00pm

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Rockhaven Sanitarium Montrose, CA.

Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Wednesday, October 16, at 9 a.m.


In conjunction with “Hysteria or Misogyny: Women, Madness, and Mental Health,” a panel discussion and exhibit presented at the USC Libraries, this private tour of the derelict grounds and patient rooms of the Rockhaven Sanitarium will be led by Joanna Linkchorst, a local historian and president of Friends of Rockhaven. Linkchorst will share the history and significance of the former women-only sanitarium, a feminist institution for mentally ill women that was founded in 1923 as an antidote to the prison-like atmospheres of the asylums of the time, and expand upon the legacy of founder Agnes Richards.

Joanna Linkchorst is a lifelong resident of the Crescenta Valley, CSUN alum, member of the Los Angeles Breakfast Club, and founder and president of Friends of Rockhaven. Alongside her fellow board members, Linkchorst formed the nonprofit organization with support from the Historical Society of the Crescenta Valley to help preserve the historical location. Linkchorst regularly leads tours of the property, manages preservation efforts, and serves as a liaison to the City of Glendale to rehabilitate Rockhaven and open it as a public park and community center.

Related Event:
Hysteria or Misogyny? Women, Madness, and Mental Health
Thursday, November 14, 2019, at 4 p.m.
Friends of the USC Libraries Lecture Hall, Doheny Memorial Library Room 240
For more info, click here.

Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Organized by Anne-Marie Maxwell, Alyssa Brissett, and Megan Rosenbloom (USC Libraries).

Event Type

Lecture / Talk / Workshop, Free Food


Students, Alumni, Faculty/Staff


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architecture, science & technology



Admission is free. Reservations required.

Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative


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