A Scientific History of the 1918 Spanish Influenza Pandemic Tuesday, August 14, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Hjemkomst Center
MSUM Biosciences professor Dr. Andrew "Mazz" Marry will deliver a lecture on Tuesday, August 14, discussing the 1918 influenza epidemic and considering the possibility of a similar outbreak in the future. The epidemic was misnamed the “Spanish Flu” because the press in neutral Spain was the first to report on the disease and its effects; however, it was clearly felt as a global epidemic, or pandemic. Current estimates indicate that between 50-100 million people died during the epidemic, including 174 in Clay County. The number is staggering when compared to the 17 million who died in WWI. It reached Fargo-Moorhead in early October of 1918 and killed about 1% of the population over the next 20 months.
Dr. Marry’s lecture will begin at 6:00PM. General admission is $10 (HCSCC Members: Free). Admission includes museum tours and refreshments.