Centennial Exhibition

The Hospital on Main Street: Human Dignity and Mental Health

The exhibition is located in the newly 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.

The exhibition is structured to tell three key stories: 

  • The founding of the Austen Riggs Center and the larger historical context of mental health care in America
  • The development of a treatment model integrating principles of psychoanalysis and social learning in a therapeutic community
  • The partnership between Riggs and the local community, and Riggs’ commitment to education, training, research, and outreach.

Currently closed to the public.
For additional information, please call Librarian/Archivist Alison Lotto at 413-931-5249  

Exhibition Team
Jane G. Tillman, PhD, Project Director; Dan Cohen, Curator; Alison Lotto, Archivist; John Perkel, Chief Docent; and Julia Thomas, Exhibition Coordinator.

Exhibition Design
IKD, an award-winning architectural design firm based in Boston and San Francisco and led by founding partners Tomomi Itakura and Yugon Kim (http://i-k-design.com/).

Take a virtual tour through the Centennial Exhibition at the Austen Riggs Center.

The Hospital on Main Street Centennial Exhibition is located at the Old Corner House (48 Main Street) in Stockbridge, MA.

The Hospital on Main Street Centennial Exhibition is located at the Old Corner House (48 Main Street) in Stockbridge, MA.

Design by IKD

Riggs Opens “Hospital on Main Street” Centennial Exhibition

Hear all of the speeches from the opening of the Hospital on Main Street exhibition of the Austen Riggs Center.On Saturday, May 25, the Austen Riggs Center hosted more than 100 invited guests at 48 Main Street in Stockbridge at an official grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for its centennial-year exhibition, “The Hospital on Main Street: Human Dignity and Mental Health.” The exhibition marks the 100th anniversary of Riggs, chronicles its founding, and explores its place in the history of mental health treatment and research. Now you can hear opening remarks on our blog.



"Inspired: Norman Rockwell and Erik Erikson" Exhibition at Norman Rockwell Museum - Opening June 8, 2019

Norman Rockwell Museum Collections. © Norman Rockwell Family Agency. All rights reserved.Riggs is pleased to be collaborating with the Norman Rockwell Museum on their "Inspired: Norman Rockwell and Erik Erikson" exhibition as part of their 50th anniversary and Riggs’ 100th anniversary. For more information, please visit https://www.nrm.org/2016/11/norman-rockwell-erik-erikson/.




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