"The Girl in Building C: The Story of a Teenage Tuberculosis Patient:/CAST Senior Center
CAST Senior Center trip to Gaylord, MN. In October 1943, sixteen-year-old Marilyn Barnes was told that her recent bout of pneumonia was in fact tuberculosis. She entered Ah-gwah-ching State Sanatorium at Walker, Minnesota, for what she thought would be a short stay. In January, her tuberculosis spread, and she nearly died. Her recovery required many months of bed rest and medical care. Marilyn loved to write, and the story of her three-year residency at the sanatorium is preserved in hundreds of letters that she mailed back home to her parents, who could visit her only occasionally and whom she missed terribly. Selections from this cache of letters are woven into an informative narrative that explores the practices and culture of a midcentury tuberculosis sanatorium and fills in long-forgotten details gleaned from recent conversations with Marilyn. An independent researcher and historian from Hutchinson, MN, Mary Krugerud is also the author of Interrupted Lives: The History of Tuberculosis in Minnesota and Glen Lake Sanatorium. She discovered Marilyn's letters during a project funded by an MNHS Legacy Research Fellowship. Trip Details: This presentation is free and everyone is welcome to attend. Preregistration required so we know how many will be attending. Register by calling 507-354-3212 (leave a message with your name, phone number, and if you need to carpool so arrangements can be made). We will leave the CAST Senior Center Parking Lot at 6:15pm.
Date and Time
Tuesday May 9, 2023
6:15 PM - 6:15 PM CDT
Tuesday, May 9 Depart at 6:15pm. Program begins at 7pm.
Meet at the CAST Senior Center, 600 N. German St., New Ulm. Travel to the Gaylord Public Library, 428 Main St., Gaylord, MN