tuberculosis painting

ASHEVILLE — An ironic twist of fate more than a century ago set the wheels in motion for WNC’s rise to prominence as a tourist destination.

The history and legacy of WNC’s mountain climate as a cure for tuberculosis will be explored during an online history lecture and discussion at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 27.

It’s the fourth installment in the WNC Historical Association’s virtual lecture series, via Zoom.

The talk will cover the history of the Von Ruck Sanitarium in particular — one of many such facilities built in WNC to treat tuberculosis patients in the late-1800s and early-1900s — as well as its impacts on Asheville and regional tourism.

It was a key period in WNC’s development, which coincided with the conservation and national park movement.

Free for WNCHA members; $5 for others. Register online here to receive a Zoom link for the program.