Historic New England and the Waltham Historical Society present a special talk on the local impact of the global influenza pandemic of 1918. The lethal virus arrived in America via returning World War I sailors at Commonwealth Pier in Boston, and soon overwhelmed the military and civilian hospitals of the entire region. The flu pandemic eventually killed forty to fifty million people worldwide (more than the Great War). Densely populated Boston and Cambridge were hit particularly hard, but the tsunami of disease flooded surrounding communities as well.
Speaker Marie E. Daly is a member the Waltham Historical Society board of directors, the Waltham Land Trust board of directors, and the Waltham Historical Commission. She has a bachelor of science in education and a master’s degree in public health. Come early to explore the grounds and the first floor of the mansion.
$5 Historic New England members, Waltham Historical Society members, and Waltham residents $10 nonmembers Advance tickets recommended. Waltham Historical Society members and Waltham residents must call to recieve discount. Please call 617-994-5912 or buy online.