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Courthouse Docket

And the Plague Broke Upon Them

On Saturday, January 28 at 1 p.m., the Courthouse Docket continues as Diane Rooney presents And the Plague Broke Upon Them. Rooney explores the origins, spread and impact of the Influenza Pandemic of 1918.

The 1918 Influenza Pandemic has been described as one of the greatest medical disasters in history, infecting about 500 million people worldwide and killing between 50 and 100 million. The presentation will examine the pandemic's impact on both World War I battlefields and on the home front, including a look at the impact here in Northern California.

Rooney's research interests include social history, the war's influence on the arts and literature, women's issues, life on the US home front and family history. Receiving her BA and MA in English and MBA in Marketing from New York University, she also earned a BA in Journalism. She writes frequently on American history. Her grandfather's only sister died in the pandemic.

Next on the Docket

Saturday, February 25: Barbara Wilcox will discuss Camp Fremont, a World War I Training Facility
Saturday, March 25: The Museum Auxiliary presents Notable Women of San Mateo County during World War II

The Courthouse Docket is a monthly series of presentations held in the History Museum's Historic Courthroom A. The Courthouse Docket Series is sponsored by Cypress Lawn Heritage Foundation.
Saturday, January 28, 2017
1 p.m.
History Museum, Courtroom A
Free with museum admission
$6 for adults, $4 for seniors
Click here for event flyer.
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