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Upcoming Exhibition

A Legacy of Healing: Jewish Leadership in Colorado’s Health Care

Open to the public November 17, 2019 in the new Richard G. and Mary Lyn Ballantine Gallery

Sunlight, dry climate, high altitude, nutritious food, fresh air—that was the prescription for treating tuberculosis. Colorado fit the bill, becoming a beacon of hope for those seeking a cure. 

As thousands flocked to the state, the Jewish community led the way in treatment. And it was Jewish leaders who made the biggest investment in Colorado’s health care system.

Guest curated by Dr. Jeanne Abrams from the University of Denver Libraries’ Beck Archives, A Legacy of Healing tells the story of the Jewish community’s role in revolutionizing our state’s health care in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Whether dealing with the tuberculosis crisis or caring for orphans and the elderly, Jewish men and women have worked to better the lives of Coloradans for over 130 years. 

Come learn about the leading tuberculosis treatments of the 1900s, and see rare film footage, photographs, and medical tools from Denver’s top-tier tuberculosis sanatoriums: National Jewish Hospital and the Jewish Consumptives’ Relief Society. Journey through the stories of the countless Jewish leaders and ordinary citizens committed to caring for those in need. And see how their philanthropic efforts went on to support health care beyond the hospital walls. 

An inspiring account of one community’s commitment to serving the needs of others, A Legacy of Healing honors the Colorado Jewish community for providing care to all Coloradans regardless of faith, race, or social standing.  

Become a History Colorado Member and see the exhibition before it opens to the public! Legacy of Healing: Jewish Leadership in Colorado's Health Care is generously supported by Rose Medical Center. The exhibition will be located in the new Ballantine Gallery located just off the atrium of the History Colorado Center.