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Tuberculosis in the Pikes Peak Region

Lesson: Ida Gwynn Garvin & Nob Hill Lodge

GRADES 3-4 (can be adapted for other grade levels) 

This lesson explores how the treatment of tuberculosis brought important changes to the Pikes Peak region. Using a variety of primary sources (documents, photographs, and an artifact), students will determine factual information about tuberculosis treatment through the experience of  local patient, Ida Gwynn Garvin. Students will also compare the tuberculosis treatment era in Colorado Springs to our experiences today with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lesson Resources - click to access PDFs

Audio Transcription of Ida Gwynn Garvin Letter

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Exhibit Tour: The City of Sunshine

From its founding in 1871, local boosters advertised Colorado Springs as a premier health destination for the treatment of tuberculosis. Our region’s greatest asset-turned-industry was its stunning scenery, abundant sunshine and mild climate.

Historically, at least 1/3 of all visitors to Colorado came in search of a tuberculosis treatment. Once cured, many stayed on in the region to build families and businesses. Many of their contributions to this community are visible today. The City of Sunshine exhibit tells the story of how individuals, institutions, and treatments helped shape the Pikes Peak Region.