“’No More War, No More Plague’: The Spanish Influenza Pandemic Toll on Montana"
- Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 6:00pm
- Museum of the Rockies, Hager Auditorium - view map
Todd Harwell with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services will present a lecture, “’No More War, No More Plague’: The Spanish Influenza Pandemic Toll on Montana on October 10 at 6pm in the Hager Auditorium at the Museum of the RockiesNM.
Influenza swept the world in 1918, killing an estimated 50 million people, more than three times the number of people killed in World War I. Based on new research into Montana Death Records, Harwell and his colleagues have tracked the enormous impact of the epidemic in Montana, which had one of the highest influenza-related mortality rates in the U.S. Beginning with the first death in the Carbon County Poor Farm, hitting hard on Indian reservations, and virtually unchecked by the thin medical resources in the state, the 1918 flu epidemic is one of Montana’s most dramatic stories.
Todd Harwell is the Administrator of the Public Health and Safety Division in the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. He received his Master’s degree in Public Health/Epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. He has over 28 years of experience in this field.
This lecture is part of “Memories and Legacies of World War I: Commemorating the Armistice," co-sponsored by the MSU Center for Western Lands & Peoples and the Gallatin History Museum. Additional community support provided by the MSU Library, the Bozeman Public Library, MSU Department of History and Philosophy, Bozeman High School, and the Museum of the Rockies.