Museum exhibit recalls the TB plague in Alaska
January 11, 2007
"The Forgotten Plague: Alaska's Fight Against Tuberculosis"
On view Jan. 21 through April 1, 2007 In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Alaska's greatest killer was tuberculosis, now commonly known as TB. Considered by many to be a death sentence, the disease was particularly severe among rural Alaska Natives. In 1900, tuberculosis was recognized as one of the state's greatest health threats, and the Bureau of Education established a health care system to fight the highly contagious disease. Children and adults were removed from their villages and sent for treatment as far away as Seattle. Eventually, Alaskans gained control over the disease thanks to the combined efforts of many agencies, doctors, nurses and volunteers. "The Forgotten Plague" presents photographs, stories, artifacts and voices from Alaska's battle against tuberculosis to tell a complex and compelling story of a tragic disease that is still not eradicated. "The Forgotten Plague" is sponsored by the American Lung Association of Alaska, the James T. Grabman Memorial Fund and the Rasmuson Foundation.