Related Links

On this page are listed  links to other web sites that have information pertaining to the Cresson sanatorium and TB in general.

CRESSON SAN INFO   Some Info & photos of Cresson sanatorium    Cambria County, Pa Genealogy web site with loads of info including some san photos.  (Do search on ‘sanatorium’)   Asylum Projects

This website contains brief excerpts from live interviews conducted with local residents of the Cresson area who have a past association with the Laurence F. Flick State Hospital (formerly Cresson TB Sanatorium), either as patients or staff.  The interviews were conducted by Mr. Tomaselli’s Pennsylvania History class in the Fall of 2009.
Pittsburgh PBS Station WQED video about the Cresson TB Sanatorium entitled:  Cresson: Remembering Life at “The San”.

OTHER SANATORIUM SITES   History of Seattle’s Fight Against TB (Do search on “Firland” for several articles about Firland Sanatorium  and patient writeups)   Waverly Hills Sanatorium Treatments For TB Patients   The Waverly Hills Sanatorium      The Weimar Joint Sanatorium and the Weimar Cemetery    Canada’s Role In Fighting Tuberculosis


The items contained in the following document are located at the Pennsylvania State Archives in Harrisburg.   PA Archives


American Public Health Association 1930  article “What Is A Preventorium” is at    Sun Worshipping In Pennsylvania Kids

For many photos of children at a preventorium, go to  An excellant book on this subject is entitled “Saving Sickly Children: The Tuberculosis Preventorium in American Life, 1909-1970”   by Cynthia A. Connolly   182 Pages    Published 2008


The TB PhotoVoice Project provides cameras to tuberculosis (TB) affected community members (survivors, caregivers, friends, family) who take photographs that help them identify and improve their communities. The photographs represent what is happening in the participants’ lives and serve as a point for discussion about what can be done to change the present situation in regards to TB, stigma, education and related issues. These photographs and their accompanying narratives give a face and voice to TB.

  The Truth About Radiation Dangers (Breast Cancer Dangers Due To Fluoroscopy Radiation  While Taking Pneumothorax     A book published in 1911 entitled “Tubersulosis Hospital and Sanatorium Design” by Thomas Spees Carrington, M.D.  It contains many photos of existing TB sans and patient cottages.

(  The American Lung Association is doing a great job fighting for clean lungs and clean air.

(  The Quit Smoking Community has lots of info on smoking and its effects.

(  Information and tips on how to get started, make a plan and stay tobacco-free.


“A Child of Sanitariums” by Gloria Paris.  In the 1930’s at age 5, Gloria was diagnosed with skeletal TB and went through treatment and surgeries until she was discharged at age 14.

Click here to see the book.
“The Plague and I”  by Betty MacDonald.  Betty contracted TB and spent 9 months at Firland Sanatorium, outside Seattle, recovering. This book is a record of that experience. The tone is light-hearted and humorous and is an easy read.  Click the following link for a more in-depth synopsis:

 Newspaper Articles

Several newspaper articles have been written featuring this website and other stories about life at the san.  Click on the following links to read them.


1. Former patient recalls experiences at TB Center  06 S( Johnstown Tribune Democrat)

2. Remembering the ‘Children of the Sun’ (Johnstown Tribune Democrat)

3. Cemetery holds remains of unidentified TB victims (Johnstown Tribune Democrat)

4. Charles Felton collects stories from Cresson Sanitarium 10 Sept 2009 (Mainline Newspapers)

5. ‘Whatever care we needed, we got’ 25 Oct 2009 (Harrisburg Patriot News)

6. Web site renews sanitarium interest 05 Dec 2009 (State College Centre Daily Times)

7. Towanda native’s recollections of Sanatorium go viral  31 Jan 2010 (Towanda Daily Review)

8. Man puts memories of TB sanatorium online  28 Feb 2010 (Hazleton Standard Speaker)

9. Information sought on TB sanatorium  10 Mar 2010 (Uniontown Herald Standard)

10. TB facility had Butler tie 07 Mar 2010 (Butler Eagle)

11. Memories of sanatorium stay evolve into online ‘memorial’ 28 Feb 2010 (Shamokin News Item)

12. A center for health 18 Apr 2010  (Altoona Mirror)

13. Retiree’s website recalls terror of TB, life at Cresson Sanatorium 14 Jun 2010 (Pittsburgh Tribune Review)

14. Former patient at Cambria County sanatorium organizes reunion 27 Jun 2010 (Harrisburg Patriot News)

15. Reunion in works for Cresson San 03 Jul 2010 (Johnstown Tribune Democrat)

16. Sanatoriums in Pa. treated thousands for tuberculosis 12 Jul 2010 (Allentown Morning Call)

17. Ex-patient organizes reunion for sanatorium 10 Jul 2010 (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

18. Cresson sanatorium facility remembered 19 Jul 2010  (Oil City Derrick)

19. Remember TB  21 Jul 2010 (Wellsboro Gazette)

20. Reunion for former Cresson Sanitorium patients slated for next year  04 Sept 2010 (Harrisburg Patriot News)

21. Reunion for Cresson patients moved up 02 Oct 2010 (Johnstown Tribune Democrat)

22. An older scourge 22 Nov 2010 (Philadelphia Inquirer)

23. Facilities served residents living with diseases  25 Apr 2011 (Beaver County Times)

24. Former patient of Cresson tuberculosis sanitorium in Cambria County plans reunion 19 Jun 2011 (Harrisburg Patriot News)

25. Plans continue for Cresson Sanatorium Reunion 09 Jun 2011 (Cresson Mainliner)

26. Plans continue for historic Cresson Sanatorium reunion 14 July 2011 (Mainliner)

27. ‘Full Circle’ and ‘Family Helped Lead Fight Against Tuberculosis’ 26 Jul 2011 (Johnstown Tribune Democrat)

28. Cresson Community Prepares For Sanatorium Reunion 04 Aug 2011 (Cresson Mainliner)

29. Cresson Sanatorium Patients Reunite, Swap Stories About TB  07 Aug 2011 (Altoona Mirror)

30. Tears And Remembrances At Reunion Of TB Hospital 07 Aug 2011 (Johnstown Tribune Democrat)

31. Sanatorium Reunion Brings Many Closure 11 Aug 2011 (Cresson Mainliner)

32. Life in a Pennsylvania Tuberculosis Sanatorium in the 50’s. 13 Feb 2012(Current Magazine)

33. Documentary Nominated For Emmy 19 Aug 2012 (Johnstown Tribune Democrat)

34. Historic Model’s New Site 04 Sept 2012 (Johnstown Tribune Democrat)

35. Sanatorium model finds new home at MAC 30 Aug 2012(Cresson Mainliner)

36. Cresson Sanatorium model donated to Mount Aloysius 25 Aug 2012 (Altoona Mirror)

37. San film earns Emmy  23 Sept 2012 (Johnstown Tribune Democrat)

38. Cresson film awarded Emmy 25 Sept 2012 (Altoona Mirror)

39. Heritage Days to feature “Life at San” 25 Sept 2012 (Altoona Mirror)

40. Lakehills man’s memories of TB lead to surprising response 15 Nov 2012(Bandera County Courier)

41. Towanda graduate’s experience goes from outreach to Emmy 12 Dec 2012 (Towanda Daily Review)

42. Cresson in shock: Prison closing jolts town 09 Jan 2013 (Johnstown Tribune Democrat)

43. SCI closing also bears impact on local history 17 Jan 2013 (Cresson Mainliner)

44. An Unlikely Historian Mar/Apr 2013(Penn Stater Alumni Magazine)

45 Marking century of San 21 July 2013 (Johnstown Tribune Democrat)

46 Model maker re-creates Cresson Sanatorium chapel 29 July 2013(Johnstown Tribune Democrat)

47. Cresson Sanatorium commemorated during 100th anniversary  08 Aug 2013 (Cresson Mainliner)

48. Grace Chapel a cornerstone of county history  Aug 2013 (Cresson Mainliner)

49. Historical markers to commemorate San, Underground Railroad sites 27 Sept 2013 (Johnstown Tribune Democrat)

50. Cresson San approved for historical marker 10 Oct 2013 (Cresson Mainliner)

51. Relic of frightening era of tuberculosis gets a marker 24 Oct 2013 (Harrisburg Patriot News)

52. Cresson San group seeks funds for marker 22 Oct 2013 (Johnstown Tribune Democrat)

53. San documentary interviews available on YouTube 28 Mar 2014 (Johnstown Tribune Democrat)

54. Historical marker to recognize San 01 May 2014 (Johnstown Tribune Democrat)

55. Cresson ‘San” marker installed, dedicated  08 May 2014 (Cresson Mainliner)

56. Cresson San committee receives honors for preservation efforts. 02 Oct 2014 (Cresson Mainliner)