This historic image depicted a gathering of Carville, Louisiana Leprosarium patients, as they were enjoying an outing on Lake Johansen, which included a picnic under these large, very old shade trees. Such outdoor events were commonly attended, especially on Sundays. Lake Johansen was named after one of the Leprosarium's Chief Medical Ofiicers, Dr. Frederick A. Johansen.The National Hansen's Disease Museum's (NHDM) mission is to collect, preserve and interpret the medical and cultural artifacts of the Carville Historic District. In addition, we want to promote the understanding, identification, and treatment of Hansen's Disease (leprosy). We fulfill this mission by creating and maintaining museum displays, traveling exhibits, publications and a website in order to educate and inform the public on all levels.
CDC/ Elizabeth Schexnyder, National Hansen's Disease Museum, Curator
December 3, 2012
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