Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 2:30 pm

Historical Society of Dauphin County

219 South Front St, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17104

Local historian Jake Wynn will detail the responses in Upper Dauphin County to the outbreak of Spanish Influenza during October 1918. As World War I raged in Europe and local young men served in the armed forces, families on the home front confronted unspeakable horrors as the disease spread rapidly across the region, killing hundreds across each of the towns and villages.

Learn of the military’s efforts to stop the spread of the disease and the personal toll exacted by 1918 influenza outbreak on those living in the Lykens Valley and the surrounding coal mining towns.

Jake Wynn is currently the Program Coordinator at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, Maryland. He writes independently about culture and history in Central Pennsylvania on his Wynning History blog (

A tour of the mansion at 1:00 p.m. is offered for $5 per person. The presentation only is by donation. Historical Society members are free. Free parking is located behind the mansion, in the PinnacleHealth parking lot across River Street (behind the carriage house) and in the Harrisburg Hospital parking garage entered from Mary Street. More information at (717) 233-3462 or