Among the topics that has attracted the most interest on Wynning History, the influenza pandemic of 1918 is always near the top of the charts. We have shared nearly a dozen posts about the “Spanish flu” and its impact in Pennsylvania’s Coal Region.
As we’ve shared these posts, we’ve always noticed how eager our readers have been to share the story of their own families amid the horrors of that deadly pandemic. These stories, including from my own family, have been seared into our collective memory.
So instead of us sharing stories as we have been doing, we’d like to try something new. We’d like you to share your family’s stories of the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic. So tell us your family’s stories. Of your ancestors. Of what they experienced. Of those they lost. Of what they shared with later generations, if they were lucky enough to survive. These stories will be used to help guide future stories about the influenza pandemic that shook the world in 1918 and resulted in the deaths of between 50-100 million people worldwide.
Featured Image: Red Cross nurses during the 1918 influenza pandemic (LOC)