Ypsilanti State Hospital (Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA)

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Forum discussion of Robert Kreider’s “The Church and Mental Hospitals.” Facing: Lotus Troyer, Victor Janzen & Gordon Kaufman. Front: Elmer Buhler & Lloyd Goering. 2nd. Hubert Moore & Karl Schultz.
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Ypsilanti (Michigan, USA) State Hospital was the location of Civilian Public Service Unit No. 90, which opened in March 1943 and closed in October 1946. Of the 75 men, 25 were in relief training for foreign relief service. In addition to the men in the unit, an average of 35 women (wives and friends of the men) worked in the hospital. In the summers of 1944-45 Mennonite service units in which 51 young women were enrolled also served the institution. A large, modern, well-equipped, progressive institution, the hospital offered the Mennonite unit a satisfactory service experience. Much of the credit for the outstanding work of the hospital and for the excellent relations between the unit and the hospital was given to its superintendent, Dr. O. R. Yoder, a former Mennonite and graduate of Goshen College. The hospital continued to use conscientious objectors after the war and in 1958 was employing eight Mennonite young men who were doing their alternative (I-W) service here. Unit No. 90 published a yearbook entitled Ypsi.


Gingerich, Melvin. Service for Peace. Akron, Pa.: Mennonite Central Committee, 1949: 231-236.

Author(s) Melvin Gingerich
Date Published 1959

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Gingerich, Melvin. "Ypsilanti State Hospital (Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 25 Sep 2018. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Ypsilanti_State_Hospital_(Ypsilanti,_Michigan,_USA)&oldid=104816.

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Gingerich, Melvin. (1959). Ypsilanti State Hospital (Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 25 September 2018, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Ypsilanti_State_Hospital_(Ypsilanti,_Michigan,_USA)&oldid=104816.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 1011. All rights reserved.

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