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Lazaretto: How One City Used an Unpopular Quarantine to Prevent Epidemics (virtual)

April 1 @ 5:30 pm

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This event is part of a 10 program Virtual Lecture Series “Creativity from Crisis: Design in Times of Need” held Thursdays in April at 1pm or 5:30pm.

Built in 1799, Philadelphia’s Lazaretto Quarantine Station is the oldest surviving quarantine facility in the Western Hemisphere, and the seventh oldest in the world. The Lazaretto stands today as an almost forgotten monument to a little-known history. The stories that comprise this history—stories of commerce and politics, suffering and death, medicine and caregiving, immigration and hope—are the stories of Philadelphia’s and the nation’s growth during the nineteenth century. The Lazaretto served as the first point of contact for ships and passengers arriving at the Port of Philadelphia, including hundreds of thousands of European immigrants, during the century preceding Ellis Island and the other better-known immigration stations. Its main building has been recently restored. Dr. Barnes’s presentation will suggest some ways in which this 220-year-old relic speaks to our present moment, as we continue to struggle against an implacable pandemic. David Barnes, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at the Department of History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania.

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April 1
5:30 pm


Newport Mansions
424 Bellevue Avenue
Newport, Rhode Island
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