1918 Flu Epidemic in St. Lawrence County is topic at Brown Bag Lunch in Canton Oct. 18
This ad appeared in the Canton Commercial Advertiser, Oct. 15, 1918. An editor went so far as to say, "If persons do cough or sneeze, call them down and do it severely. They deserve it and know it and no offense will be given." Learn more about the 1918 Flu Epidemic when Bryan Thompson speaks at the St. Lawrence County Historical Association at noon on Thursday, Oct. 18.CANTON -- The 1918 Flu Epidemic in St. Lawrence County will be the topic discussed at the next Brown Bag Lunch Series talk hosted by the St. Lawrence County Historical Association on Thursday, Oct. 18 at noon.
The end of World War One, women voting in their first election in New York State, and a statewide quarantine in New York - 1918 was surely a busy year. But the influenza that attacked the nation is rarely spoken about.
Learn more about the epidemic when Bryan Thompson speaks at the Association on Oct. 18.
Brown Bag Lunches are free and open to the public. Bring your own lunch and enjoy a beverage and dessert provided by SLCHA.
Bryan Thompson, a seventh generation St. Lawrence County native, is the municipal historian for the town of DeKalb. While deputy and town historian, he received the Hackman Research Fellowship and the Dearstyne Award for Excellence from the state archives.
The Brown Bag Lunch Series is a lunch lecture series dedicated to the memory of Patricia Harrington Carson, who founded the series during her 24 years as a Trustee of the St. Lawrence County Historical Association. Pat Carson was active on numerous SLCHA Committees, and was an article writer and issue editor of the SLCHA's history journal, The Quarterly.