Author to Speak on 1918 “Spanish Flu” Influenza Pandemic
Homestead National Monument of America will be remembering the 1918 “Spanish Flu” influenza pandemic with a program about its impacts on rural communities and homesteaders. On Sunday, April 8, 2018, at 2 p.m., Dr. Nancy Bristow, author of American Pandemic: Lost Worlds of the 1918 Influenza Epidemic, will discuss the impacts of this influenza pandemic and follow the presentation with a book signing. Dr. Bristow’s book will be for sale at the Homestead bookstores leading up to and during the program.
The 1918 Influenza Pandemic, also called the “Spanish Flu,” was a devastating strain of the H1N1 influenza virus that killed as many as 50 million people worldwide. It was the deadliest flu outbreak in human history, affecting as much as 1/3 of the world’s population. In the United States alone, 675,000 people are believed to have died as a result of this flu between 1918 and 1920.
Homestead National Monument of America Superintendent Mark Engler shared: “It was when Homestead volunteers and staff were working in the Reynolds Collection, that a letter was discovered. This letter, from a homesteader family in Seward County, Nebraska, expressed concern with this terrible flu outbreak and we learned from it just how it impacted so many people, including those involved in our Nation’s Homesteading Story.” During this program, Homestead National Monument of America will be sharing this letter, and we invite everyone to attend this programs, which will provide much insight into this story that swept the world.
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