Under the Red Roof is the true story of a mental institution at the turn of the twentieth century in Sedro-Woolley, Washington. The author gathered first-hand accounts from doctor families, employees, attendants, nurses and townfolk. Together the interviewees describe a collaborative community whereby patients participated in the life of the farm and hospital through meaningful work, activities that contributed to their recovery from mental illness where possible. The National Register of Historic Places listed the property in 2010.
Mary Janicki McGoffin grew up in Sedro-Woolley, not far from Northern State Hospital. She graduated from Seattle University's school of Nursing in 1981. In 2010, she wrote the nomination to the National Register of Historic Places and succeeded in having the property listed. She currently serves on the Skagit County Planning Commission, the Sedro-Woolley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and as vice-president for her local Soroptimist International club.
Read a review of Mary's book in the Bellingham Herald: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2011/09/05/2165795/sedro-woolley-author-charts-rise.html.