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Cresson: Remembering Life at the San

November 21, 2011

The tuberculosis sanatorium in Cresson, PA closed in 1964, but former patients are still haunted by their experiences. Many people remember the dangerous illness, the stigma of a TB diagnosis, and the landmark hospital in Cambria County that was nicknamed “The San.” This documentary includes rare archival photos, film and compelling interviews woven around the memories of Chuck Felton, who launched a fascinating website about his life as a teenage patient in the 1950s. Producer: David Solomon; Camera & Editing: Paul Ruggieri.


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The tuberculosis sanatorium in Cresson, PA closed in 1964, but former patients are still haunted by their experiences. Many people remember the dangerous illness, the stigma of a TB diagnosis, and the landmark hospital in Cambria County that was nicknamed “The San.” This documentary includes rare archival photos, film and compelling interviews woven around the memories of Chuck Felton, who launched a fascinating website about his life as a teenage patient in the 1950s. Producer: David Solomon; Camera & Editing: Paul Ruggieri.


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Web Extra Videos

Audrey Sweeney: Expanded Interview
As a child patient, Ms. Sweeney harbored unhappy memories of her time at Cresson. This is her expanded WQED interview. Interviewer: David Solomon; Camera: Paul Ruggieri.
Chuck Felton: Expanded Interview
Mr. Felton, a former Cresson Sanatorium patient, started the Cresson San Website to gather stories and photographs. Here is an expanded version of his WQED interview with David Solomon. Camera: Paul Ruggieri.
Chuck Felton: Cresson San Reunion Opening Remarks
Chuck Felton speaks at the 2011 Cresson San reunion.
Harvey Docchio: Expanded Interview
As a child, Mr. Docchio spent time in the "preventorium" at Cresson, reserved for healthy young people whose family members had TB. This is Mr. Docchio's expanded interview with WQED with David Solomon. Camera: Paul Ruggieri.
Loretta Obusek: Expanded Interview
Mrs. Obusek was a Cresson patient when she was 22. Here is an expanded interview with WQED producer David Solomon.
Peggy Clapperton Shoff: Expanded Interview
A former Cresson nurse, Mrs. Shoff shares her memories in this expanded WQED interview with David Solomon.
Helen Jones: Expanded Interview
Helen Jones was 92 when she attended the Cresson San reunion in 2011 and sat for this interview. This is the former nurse's expanded WQED interview with David Solomon.
Bernice Illig: Expanded Interview
The former Cresson Sanatorium nurse talks with WQED at the 2011 "San" reunion. Here is the expanded version of her interview with WQED's David Solomon.
Joan and Pete Stolarski: Expanded Interview
Joan was a Cresson nurse. Pete was a Cresson patient. After he was cured of TB - they married! Here's their expanded interview with WQED's David Solomon.
Etta Albright: Expanded Interview
Ms. Albright is among the local residents actively working to preserve the history of "the San." Here is her expanded interview with WQED's David Solomon.
Sister M. Benedict Joseph Walters: Expanded Interview
The sister shares memories of her time working at Cresson in this expanded WQED interview with David Solomon.

Web Extras

Chuck Felton: Expanded Interview
Mr. Felton, a former Cresson Sanatorium patient, started the Cresson San Website to gather stories and photographs. Here is an expanded version of his WQED interview.
Chuck Felton: Cresson San Reunion Opening Remarks
Chuck Felton speaks at the 2011 Cresson San reunion.
Harvey Docchio: Expanded Interview
As a child, Mr. Docchio spent time in the "preventorium" at Cresson, reserved for healthy young people whose family members had TB. This is Mr. Docchio's expanded interview with WQED.
Loretta Obusek: Expanded Interview
Mrs. Obusek was a Cresson patient when she was 22. Here is an expanded interview.
Peggy Clapperton Shoff: Expanded Interview
A former Cresson nurse, Mrs. Shoff shares her memories in this expanded WQED interview.
Helen Jones: Expanded Interview
Helen Jones was 92 when she attended the Cresson San reunion in 2011 and sat for this interview. This is the former nurse's expanded WQED interview.
Audrey Sweeney: Expanded Interview
As a child patient, Ms. Sweeney harbored unhappy memories of her time at Cresson. This is her expanded WQED interview.
Bernice Illig: Expanded Interview
The former Cresson Sanatorium nurse talks with WQED at the 2011 "San" reunion. Here is the expanded version of her interview.
Joan and Pete Stolarski: Expanded Interview
Joan was a Cresson nurse. Pete was a Cresson patient. After he was cured of TB - they married! Here's their expanded interview with WQED.
Etta Albright: Expanded Interview
Ms. Albright is among the local residents actively working to preserve the history of "the San." Here is her expanded interview with WQED.
Sister M. Benedict Joseph Walters: Expanded Interview
The sister shares memories of her time working at Cresson in this expanded WQED interview.

 


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