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Overview-History *NORFOLK STATE HOSPITAL

Norfolk State Hospital (New) Cemetery
Madison County,
Nebraska

What is now known as the Norfolk Regional Center was estab. 1885 as one of the 3 Nebraska Hospital's for the Criminally Insane. It is worth noting that in the late 1800's and early 1900's, people were institutionalized for a number of reasons that would seem odd to us today, including Domestic Trouble, Disappointment in Love, Masturbation, Hepatic Dullness, Heredity etc. Records are sealed to the public, and relatives must obtain a court order to obtain them. In 2007 a lawsuit was filed by an Adams County Historical Society requesting that records be opened. A District Judge ruled that for "medical privacy" reasons they would remain sealed, fearing that families would bear a "stigma" if known that ancestors were placed here. The Norfolk Regional Center has two cemeteries, the "old" having about 60 graves with no headstones which is not available to the public without special permission, and the "new" one shown here with about 350 graves. Only a few headstones have been placed by family, and all are listed here. In the background is the new "Ag" building belonging to the Northeast Community College. GPS 42.04755 -97.36983

Contributed on 3/30/08 by blplek
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Record #: 49195

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Submitted: 3/30/08 • Approved: 7/7/11 • Last Updated: 2/17/13 • R49195-G0-S3

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