Adams County and the Spanish Flu
Please join us on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 7 P.M. in the Valentine Hall auditorium at the Lutheran Theological Seminary for Adams County and the Spanish Flu
Journalist and author James Rada will present, "Adams County and the Spanish Flu." As World War I wound down in the fall of 1918, the world faced a new threat. This enemy did not attack directly. It came stealthily on the air and more deadly than the mmustard gas that Allied soldiers had feared on the battlefield. It was Spanish Flu.
As estimated 50 million people would die within a two-month time frame, including hundreds in Adams County. How bad was the flu? The number of deaths in Pennsylvania in 1918 increased by 55 percent over the 1915 to 1920 average, and the lifespan that year was reduced by 24 percent.
Find out how residents and officials futiley fought back against the flu and the stories of success and failure in fighting the illness.
This progrm is free nd open to the public thanks to the generous sponsorship of ACNB Bank.