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San Haven

This personal experience narrative describes the memories of a then-3-year-old girl in San Haven Sanitarium near Dunseith, North Dakota.

In the early 1900s, tuberculosis was a serious concern. The North Dakota Anti-Tuberculosis Association was founded in 1909, with the legislature allotting $10,000 to establish a tuberculosis sanitarium. By 1913, additional efforts were underway. Statistics on TB were collected, teachers who tested positive were fired, and students with TB were banned from schools.