Archivist seeks Jewish Preventorium alumni

Diane Everman

For a study of the history and culture of the St. Louis Jewish Preventorium (1920s-1940s), St. Louis Jewish Community archivist Diane Everman is seeking interviews with persons who attended the St. Louis Jewish Preventorium on Fee Fee Road. 

The interviews will enhance a research study and presentation about the effort to prevent tuberculosis in St. Louis in the context of similar efforts around the country.  For many years beginning in the 1920s, the Jewish Federation of St. Louis supported bringing selected children to the Preventorium every summer to teach them healthy lifestyles and to give them an outdoor experience in a camp environment.  Everman is using official records and personal or family archives for documents and photographs. She plans to use personal oral history testimony to enhance and enliven this study for presentation to the St. Louis community. The research project is part of a fellowship from the State Historical Society of Missouri.

Former Preventorium attendees, or people who know someone who attended the Preventatorium, may contact Everman at 314-442-3722, [email protected], or by mailing: Archivist, St. Louis Jewish Community Archives, 12 Millstone Campus Drive, St. Louis 63146.