Looking Back on Riggs’ Centennial Year
July 21, 2020 marked the official end of the Austen Riggs Center’s centennial year, a landmark that we are proud of and humbled by. We could not have achieved this major milestone without the help, support, and work of so many dedicated individuals.
Here is a look back at the successful events from last year that were made possible thanks to our many donors and friends.
The exhibition is located in the renovated annex of the Old Corner House (48 Main Street) in Stockbridge, and chronicles the history of Riggs, from its founding by Dr. Austen Fox Riggs in 1919, to its current position as a leading psychiatric hospital and residential treatment center. While it is not currently open, you can take a virtual tour of the exhibition and hear remarks from its opening in May 2019.
On Sunday, July 21, 2019, the Austen Riggs Center marked the official 100-year anniversary of its founding with a Founding Day celebration for current and former staff, patients, and Board of Trustee members. As part of the celebration, a time capsule–its contents curated by current staff and patients–was buried and Medical Director/CEO Eric M. Plakun, MD, offered these remarks.
In September, the Austen Riggs Center convened national and international leaders for a two-day conference at Tanglewood’s new Linde Center to address the mental health crisis in America and explore solutions. You can view a slideshow of pictures from the conference and a number of video clips from the conference itself can be found on in the Conference Presentations section of our online resource center.
On the evening of Saturday, September 21, 2019, Riggs held a Centennial Celebration, which included a program hosted by Sam Waterston featuring a stirring performance by psychiatrist and concert pianist Richard Kogan, MD, and the presentation of the inaugural Four Freedoms of Mental Health Awards to Carol Gilligan, PhD, and Senator Chris Murphy.