Welcome to Alpha Park Public Library’s Stories from the Bowen Building: A Podcast on the Peoria State Hospital. This series on the history of the Peoria State Hospital in Bartonville, Illinois, discusses the closing of the hospital and its effect on the patients, staff, and community. We speak to historians, museum directors, and staff from the hospital. Special guests include former staff members Dr. James Ward, Dr. James Flanigan, Beveryly Ward, Connie Dean, Evelyn Stafford, Beverly Grimes, and Bill Turner. Funding for this podcast was provided by the American Rescue Plan. American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.