Fort Atkinson museum plans May 12 programs

May 2, 2018

FORT ATKINSON -- The Hoard Historical Museum in Fort Atkinson will host two programs on Saturday, May 12.

Beginning at 10:30 a.m. and as part of the museum’s Saturday Morning Scholars program, Bonnie Geyer will present “Outbreak! The 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic.” The program will cover the history, spread and impact of this pandemic.

One hundred years ago, the Spanish flu infected people worldwide and killed millions. Hundreds in Jefferson County were sickened and nearly 100 died.

Geyer, a Fort Atkinson Historical Society board member, has been researching the Spanish flu outbreak for over a year. For the local story, she will draw on information pulled from the Jefferson County Union -- later the Daily Jefferson County Union -- by archives volunteers at the Hoard Historical Museum, who have been reading the 1918-1920 Union newspapers for articles regarding the local impact of the flu.

At 2 p.m., Master Gardener Ron Langellier will present “The Laziest Gardener.” This program is for those who want a beautiful garden but might not have the time or energy at the moment. Langellier will share garden tips, information and hints.

Both programs will occur in the Jones Family Gallery on the first floor of the museum. The programs are free to attend. No registration is required. Cash donations are appreciated.

The Hoard Historical Museum is located at 401 Whitewater Ave. in Fort Atkinson. For more information, call 920-563-7769, visit www.hoardmuseum.org or like the museum on Facebook.