We’ve Been Here Before

The 1918 Pandemic

They say history doesn’t repeat itself, but that it rhymes. This past year was an exceptional echo. In 1918-1919, our nation weathered and survived a pandemic that claimed over 600,000 lives in the United States.  Explore what we can learn from this moment in U.S. history with Lora Vogt of the National WWI Museum and Memorial and Nancy Bristow, author and History Chair at the University of Puget Sound, for a discussion on the 1918 flu pandemic moderated by Rimsie McConiga of the Platte County Citizen.

This program was presented on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021 in partnership with the public libraries in Atchison, Basehor, Bonner Springs, Lansing, Leavenworth, Linwood and Tonganoxie.

Learn More About the 1918 Pandemic in Kansas

Pandemic-related books in the NEXT Search Catalog

Leavenworth Times Articles from the Kansas Room (Click on article to enlarge)
11-26-1918
11-30-1918
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12-13-1918

Additional articles

“Leavenworth During the 1918 Spanish Influenza,” Brown, Mary Ann. Leavenworth Convention and Visitors Bureau, visitleavenworthks.com/visitors/page/blog. (Leavenworth, Kan.), 11 Apr. 2020.

“May Close All Churches and Schools Here,” “Kansans Die of ‘Flu’,” “Go Under Quarantine,” The Topeka state journal. (Topeka, Kan.), 08 Oct. 1918.

“Facts and Figures of ‘Flu’,” The Liberal democrat. (Liberal, Kan.), 05 Feb. 1920.

“Rebound in Flu Shown in State Reports Today,” The Topeka state journal. (Topeka, Kan.), 06 Feb. 1920.

Silent film: Dr. Wise on Influenza (British Film Institute, 1919)