Our Calendar of Events

SFU events on-campus and beyond

<< Go Back

Remembering lost Pennsylvania history: The San

Event Details

Start Date:  March 14, 2013
Start Time: 5:30 p.m.
End Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: DiSepio, room 213
Phone: 814-472-3310
Email:  ddamico@francis.edu

The Cresson Sanitarium, known by the patients and locals as "The San," was one of three tuberculosis hospitals/ facilities owned by the State of Pennsylvania.  The land on which the Sanitarium was built was originally owned by Andrew Carnegie, who sold the land for the price of $1 to the State of Pennsylvania. The facility is currently Cresson State Prison, in the process of shutting down.

Saint Francis University will present "The History of the San" on Thursday, March 14, from 5:30 to 7:00 on the Loretto campus in DiSepio 213. The event is free and open to the public.

History major Michael Vaughn will present as part of his senior capstone. The event will teach people about the history of The San and the ongoing project of keeping its name and legacy alive. An Emmy-award-winning documentary will be watched, and Harvey Docchio, one of many children hospitalized at the facility while it was still in operation, will speak.


Saint Francis University aims to be as accessible as possible. Please contact our Accessibility Services Coordinator, April Fry, with specific inquiries at 814-472-3176 or complete our online request form at http://francis.edu/accessibility-accommodation-request/.