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Press Release: "McLean celebrates 200 years; reaffirms its mission"


Bicentennial Gallery

An Enduring Tradition of Excellence and Innovation (1811-2011)
Massachusetts General Hospital Convalescent Home
  Q: Pictured at right, circa 1900, is the first building constructed on McLean's Belmont campus. Do you know the building's name?

A: The Massachusetts General Hospital Convalescent Home. Built in 1882, the convalescent home was located near the intersection of Mill Street and Trapelo Road. In 1917, the home closed its doors and in 1926, the building was razed.
Q: Before motor vehicles became a standard form of transportation, horses were used to get around McLean and the town of Belmont. Pictured here is one of McLean's former superintendents. Can you name him?

A: Frederic Packard, circa 1920. A member of the McLean staff from 1902 until his death in 1958, Packard became superintendent of McLean in 1919. He remained at that post until his retirement in 1929. He remained active at McLean as superintendent emeritus until his death.
Frederic Packard
John Whitehorn, MD
  Q: Research has always been an important part of McLean's history. Can you name the investigator pictured, circa 1938?

A: John Whitehorn, MD, circa 1938. A member of the McLean staff from 1921 until 1938, Whitehorn received the hospital's first extramural research grant. He was affectionately called "Dr. Mosquito" by the patients because he often drew blood from them to assist in his research.
Q: Up until the mid 1950s, McLean staff worked, lived and played on campus. Can you name the team the women pictured, circa 1920, belonged to?

A: The McLean Nurses' Softball Team, circa 1918. Until the mid 1950s, McLean staff worked, lived and played on campus. Staff could often be found playing softball, golf, tennis or croquet during the warm weather months. During the winter, Upham Bowl was flooded for an ice skating rink
McLean Nurses' Softball Team
McLean's first snack bar
  Q: This is McLean's first snack bar, circa 1950. Do you know where it was located?

McLean's first snack bar was located in the Center Building. It moved to the Recreation Building in 1964.