The Health Seekers

Mar 19, 2017

Our own Michele Zack, an Altadena resident and author of histories of Altadena and Sierra Madre, speaks on illness as a major factor in the 19th and 20th centuries immigration to Southern California.

Zack says that her research shows that “the importance of the illness legacy has been underestimated as an influence of how we think of Southern California today.”

Indeed, many health seekers who suffered from tuberculosis and other respiratory diseases moved to California and other Western states in the late 19th and early 20th centuries for their then-dry, unpolluted air. The foothill communities of Pasadena, Altadena and Sierra Madre were home to a number of TB sanitariums and hospitals, as were other communities in the San Gabriel Mountain foothills.

“The Health Seekers” is part of Gamble House’s Sleeping Porch Series where lectures take place on one of the famed Gamble House sleeping porches.


The Health Seekers
Tuesday, March 28th at 7 p.m.
Gamble House
Tickets: $15 per person; $20, non-members
Purchase tickets at Acme
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