Join local historians Ross Schwalm and Jake Wynn at the Tower City American Legion on Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 2 PM for an afternoon of history.

Williams Valley and the 1918 Spanish Flu

Historian Jake Wynn will detail Williams Valley’s response to the outbreak of Spanish Influenza during October 1918. As World War I raged in Europe and the region’s young men served in the armed forces, families on the homefront confronted unspeakable horrors as the disease spread rapidly up the valley, killing dozens in each of the town’s hospitals. 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 Tower City and the surrounding communities. Jake Wynn is currently the Program Coordinator at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, Maryland.

Local family with deep roots in World War 2

Tower City native Ross H. Schwalm, retired Marine Corps Officer and President of the Johannes Schwalm Historical Association, will present four profiles on his Schwalm and Thompson relatives who filled various roles during the Second World War. He will also have photographs and artifacts on display related to his presentation.

All are welcome to this free event.


Tower City American Legion Post 468: 2 Clarks Valley Rd, Tower City, PA 17980


Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 2 PM