It killed more people in 1918 than all of those who died in four years of the Bubonic Plague. It killed more Americans than all of those who died in the Civil War, WWI, WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Iraq War combined. It killed at least 21 million people worldwide.
What is this “It?” “It” is the Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919. “It” was the most devastating epidemic in recorded history.
Seneca County Historian Walter Gable will explore the nature of this horrible influenza epidemic, dealing with its causes, how it differed from a typical flu outbreak, the three waves of this epidemic, its effect upon World War One and its effect in the Finger Lakes area.
Join the Wayne History Group Saturday, May 4, at 2 p.m. at the Wayne Town Hall on 9772 Silsbee Road in Wayne. Refreshments will be served. The program is open to the public; donations accepted. Call 607-292-3450 Tuesdays or Thursdays for details.