The Socorro T.B. Sanitarium was instrumental in the cure for tuberculosis and once Socorro’s second largest employer. Historic photo courtesy of Paul Harden.

The Socorro County Historical Society will hold its first Annual Meeting and public talk in two years this coming Saturday, July 9, at the Garcia Opera House beginning at 2 p.m.

The public talk will be on the history of the old Socorro C.C.C. Camp and later, the New Mexico State T.B. Sanitarium. The PowerPoint presentation by board member Paul Harden includes many historic and recent photos of the facilities and other interesting research.

Workers at the C.C.C. Camp built many of the levies and flood control channels around Socorro still in use today. As the sanitarium, it was once Socorro’s second largest employer with 150 employees until it closed in 1958. It was instrumental in finding a cure for T.B. that earned it, and Socorro, national prominence.

There is no admission fee for the public talk. People whose families once worked at the sanitarium are wel­come to attend and share any experiences or stories they may have.

Light refreshments will be served.

Socorro County Historical Society