Marple Historical Society Lecture on The Lazaretto
Please come and enjoy a free public lecture, sponsored by
the Marple Historical Society on Tuesday, February 26, 7:30PM at the Marple Christian Church, 475 Lawrence Road, Broomall, PA.
Bill Moller of the Tinicum Township Historical Society will tell the story of The Lazaretto.
The gateway to Philadelphia for the first century of our nation's existence was the Lazaretto quarantine station and hospital, where all ships, passengers and cargo arriving
from spring through fall were inspected and quarantined, if necessary. (the name Lazaretto derives from St.
Lazarus, patron saint of lepers).Some have called the Lazaretto Philadelphia's Ellis Island, but from a historical standpoint, it is even rarer and more precious than New York's famous immigrant inspection station.
Don’t miss this opportunity, to hear about this 1799 structure that still stands as a silent monument to the first hundred years of our nation's conflicted history of immigration and public health. Please go to our website:
www.thomasmasseyhouse.org or call 610-353-3644 with any questions. Refreshments will be served after the lecture.