As a public institution for the treatment of tuberculosis from 1910 to 1961, Waverly Hills Sanatorium inspired both hope and dread. Patients from Louisville and beyond filled long waiting lists to gain admission to the sanatorium. Once there, they were usually desperate to get out. This talk explores the stories of patients, staff, and supporters of the different facilities at Waverly Hills, uncovering a history shaped by far-reaching medical developments and hard-fought struggles to salvage health.
Lynn Pohl has a Ph.D. in history from Indiana University, Bloomington, and is Collections Cataloger at the Filson Historical Society. Her book Waverly Hills Sanatorium: A History was published by The History Press in 2022.