So in the years following George Barton's death, it is not clear that information about him was widely disseminated or documented. Of course Mrs. Barton held most of that information, but other details were held by community leaders and former contemporaries - but it is evident that information becomes blurred in the re-telling and in fact partially forgotten. This is how we approached the 50th anniversary of the founding of occupational therapy and it was at that time that we were beginning to lose the details.
The efforts of many people in 1967 and 1968 led to another re-telling of the Consolation House story and a documentation of what was becoming lost. These documents are evidence of that process of re-discovery.
As we approach our Centennial as a profession and as we again look toward our roots so that we can 're-claim what we do,' I hope this will serve as an even more complete re-telling of the George Barton story. In 50 more years, I hope that we will not be accused of almost forgetting.
Barton, I.G. (1968). Consolation House, Fifty Years Ago. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 22(4), 340-345.
Gillen, G. (2013). A Fork in the Road: An Occupational Hazard? [Eleanor Clark Slagle Lecture, 2013], presented at the 2013 AOTA national conference, San Diego, CA.