Rock Island County Tuberculosis Sanitarium

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    Note Card - Erwin Weber - 1966

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In 1966, I made a pen and ink sketch with a watercolor wash of the Rock Island County Tuberculosis Sanitarium as a means of raising about $1,500 to provide a much-needed outdoor shelter on the grounds of the Sanitarium. Black and white prints suitable for framing and note cards were made from the watercolor.

These prints were offered to the public in return for donations to be applied on the cost of the shelter. The prints were available both framed and unframed. The framing was done by patients at the sanitarium. The sketch was on display at various places in the Quad Cities. Enough money was raised to buy material for the shelter. Union carpenters donated their labor free of charge. The shelter still stands today (1997) and is a reminder of the generosity of our community at large.