Lecture at Laupus Library: 1918 Flu Epidemic

Contributed by Marlena Rose

On October 28 at 4:30PM, East Carolina University’s Laupus Library will host “Eastern North Carolina and the 1918 Influenza Epidemic,” a lecture given by Layne Carpenter, MA, Archivist at Laupus Library. This lecture is part of the Ruth and John Moskop History of Medicine Lecture Series and is hosted by the Medical History Interest Group.

Carpenter will speak about a time in history when the Great War came to an end in the fall of 1918, and a lethal disease spread across the globe. By the time the epidemic concluded in March 1919, more people died from the “Spanish” Influenza than died in the war, including an estimated 13,000 North Carolinians. This lecture will explore the deadly influenza virus strain and its rampage throughout the eastern counties of North Carolina. The impact on eastern North Carolina society, medical care, and public health will also be explored by examining primary sources from the period.

Layne Carpenter is the Archivist at Laupus Library. She completed her undergraduate degree in history at Westminster College and her MA in history and public history at UNC Charlotte. Layne has worked with special collections and museums for over nine years and has been with Laupus Library for two years. Making history accessible to the public has always been her passion, and she loves researching history, no matter the time period. After designing an exhibition about the Spanish Influenza last fall, this topic has become her latest area of study. A link to the online exhibit associated with her research can be found here.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. The lecture will also feature a pop-up display.

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