Cresson TB Sanatorium Remembered
TB Voices Project
I received the following information in May 2013 from Teresa Rugg, Director of "TB Photovoice" an organization which amplifies the voices of persons impacted by TB  by allowing participants to share their TB experience through the written word, photos, and visual recordings.

Theresa's email and website links are at the bottom of the page should you wish to contact her and participate in this project.

Chuck Felton

Hi Chuck,

Since 2006, TB Photovoice
has worked around the world to amplify the voices of individuals directly impacted by TB so that they, as well as their communities, can improve their overall health.  We recently received a grant from the Firland Foundation to document local, Washington state tuberculosis (TB) stories.

Our new project, the TB Voices Project for Snohomish and King County, WA
is honored to record and preserve TB stories from Snohomish and King County residents.  From May through November 2013, we invite persons to share their TB stories with the community.

Not a resident of Snohomish or King County?  No worries!   Anyone with a TB story is welcome to share on our website.   Whether you or a loved one had TB, individuals from all generations are invited to share their TB stories on our website , or contact us to schedule a recorded interview.  We hope you will share information about the TB Voices Project with your communities.

We also encourage you to reflect on your family history.  As you know, at the turn of the century and into the 1950s, many families across all social classes in the U.S. were impacted by TB.  My own Grandmother Ole lived in a TB sanatorium for 4 years, from the time my mother was in 4th grade until she was in 7th grade.  My mother's most vivid memory of that time period was visiting her mother a couple times a month, but only to speak to her through a window-- standing outside in the wet, Washington weather.  There are stories to be heard and these stories will encourage and inspire those impacted by TB today.

We invite individuals from all generations to tell their TB story.  We will assist participants, with their permission, to document their TB experience using either photos, video/voice recordings, and/or their written story.  With the participants' consent, we will share their insights through our TB Photovoice website and at various community education opportunities/events.  These life stories can help others around the globe currently impacted by TB.

This is an ambitious project but you have been such an inspiration over the past 4 years, I just wanted to let you know that now others will have the opportunity to share their TB stories in a meaningful way and allow our local community to have a deeper understanding of this preventable and curable disease. 

Teresa L. Rugg, MPH
TB Photovoice
7619 137th Ave. SE
Snohomish, WA 98290 USA
360.862.9034 (office)
425.345.3958 (mobile)