1918 Flu Pandemic | OMPHS
1918 Flu Pandemic | OMPHS
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This week’s virtual Zoom meeting of the Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society will feature a timely presentation by local historian Peg Siciliano entitled “The Pandemics: 1918 and Now.”

The meeting will take place on Thursday, March 4, at 6 p.m. There will be a short business meeting of around 15 minutes, followed by the presentation.

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Peg Siciliano has a Master’s Degree in American History with a Specialty in Archives from the College of William and Mary. She has worked for the Con Foster Museum and as the Archivist for the Traverse Area Historical Society (TAHS).

She is currently on the TAHS Board, writes historical articles for the Record Eagle, and works as an English Language Assistant in the Traverse City Area Public Schools. She is also the proud mother of three grown sons.

Everyone is welcome to attend the virtual meeting. To receive a link to the program, email Ann Swaney, [email protected].

On a related note, my Grandma’s first husband, Frank Edgecomb, is one of the unfortunate souls who died during the 1918 pandemic. Click through the link below to read more of his story.

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