April 8, 2015
As World War I raged in Europe, Russia, the Middle East, and Northern Africa in the spring of 1918 to early 1919, a fierce enemy landed on American shores in the form of the influenza virus. The outbreak would decimate entire regiments and towns, kill civilians and soldiers alike by the millions, and rapidly turn into a global pandemic. No aspect of life remained untouched for Americans at home or on the front. Our newest exhibition, “America during the 1918 Influenza Pandemic,” explores the pandemic’s impact on American life and the legacy that would forever alter our understanding of epidemiology.