The 110-year-old Brookline Tuberculosis and Health Society (BTHS) has just established an enduring legacy at the Brookline Community Foundation to support the health and wellbeing of Brookline residents with its first of its kind single charitable donation of $575,000.“We’re honored by this transformational gift,” said Foundation Executive Director Jenny Amory, “and we look forward to building on the BTHS legacy with strategic grants that help make Brookline a stronger and healthier community.”
BTHS (originally, the Brookline Anti-Tuberculosis Society) was established in 1907 by civic minded Brookline residents including Dr. Francis Parkman Denny, Dr. Carlton S. Francis, and Mr. Philip Parker to "combat the spread of tuberculosis in the Town of Brookline, Massachusetts” and promote its understanding and prevention. Over time, the mission expanded to include pressing public health concerns of the moment, as tuberculosis had been at its founding. BTHS counted numerous town leaders and health experts among its members; recent grantees include the Rogerson Communities, Easter Seals Massachusetts, and the Town of Brookline Health Department.
This is not the first time the two organizations have collaborated to support the wellbeing of Brookline residents. According to Brookline Friendly Society 1878 to 1993 by Linda Morse Shoemaker, the Anti-Tuberculosis Society, the Brookline Friendly Society (our predecessor) and the Brookline Health Department opened a “first of its kind ‘fresh air’ day camp” for children with tuberculosis in 1908. Twenty to thirty children attended the camp each summer for “light outdoor activities including gardening, croquet, and basket-making and were instructed in the use of the toothbrush and other cleanly habits”.