“Chasing the Cure” – Colorado Springs and Tuberculosis

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‘From its founding in 1871, local boosters advertised Colorado Springs as a premier health destination for the treatment of consumption and “lung troubles,” among other maladies. Our region’s greatest asset-turned-industry was its stunning scenery, abundant sunshine, and mild climate. For decades, the local Chamber of Commerce published pamphlets extolling the health benefits of the region. Distributed across the country and around the world, the advertisements encouraged invalids to breathe our “100% aseptic air” and enjoy the healing powers of our over 300 days of sunshine a year in Colorado Springs.  And they came!’

This is the description for the exhibit, Chasing the Cure, that you can now visit at the Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum.   The exhibit focuses on Colorado Springs’ role in fighting tuberculosis.

The Health Sciences Library is proud to have been able to lend several of the artifacts from our collection (many from the recent donation of Dr. Robert Shikes) to the Pioneer Museum for this exhibit.  Some of the items we were able to loan include: a large Spitting on Floors and Walls Prohibited sign, a Don’t Spit on the Sidewalk paving brick, sputum cups and flasks, and several pieces of ephemera from the campaigns to stem and cure TB.

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About the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum:  Ignite Your Curiosity.  Discover Your Story.  Located in the beautifully restored 1903 El Paso County Courthouse in downtown Colorado Springs at 215 S. Tejon.  The mission of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum is to build a connection to the Pikes Peak Region by preserving and sharing our culture history. Hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.  Admission to the Museum is FREE!  For more information, visit www.cspm.org or call 719.385.5990.

–Paul Andrews

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