SOUTHWEST VALLEY HISTORY

Local lecture to focus on 1918 flu pandemic

Registration required for Feb. 2 in-person/Zoom event

Posted 1/27/21

The Litchfield Park Historical Society and Church at Litchfield Park will present “The Spanish Flu of 1918: A Pandemic’s Local Legacy,” a free hybrid Zoom/in-person lecture, at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2.

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SOUTHWEST VALLEY HISTORY

Local lecture to focus on 1918 flu pandemic

Registration required for Feb. 2 in-person/Zoom event

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The Litchfield Park Historical Society and Church at Litchfield Park will present “The Spanish Flu of 1918: A Pandemic’s Local Legacy,” a free hybrid Zoom/in-person lecture, at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2.

Advance registration is required.

Until recently, the 1918 was largely forgotten and rarely studied. During the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been renewed interest in this period of history.

READ: Spanish flu exhibit reveals parallels between 1918 and 2020 pandemics

From 1918 to 1920, the flu virus ravaged virtually every part of the globe. It inspired fear, stretched resources to the limit and often overwhelmed existing health services.

It even left a lasting mark in the newly formed town of Litchfield Park and the surrounding area.

History buffs are invited to join speaker Lisa Hegarty as she examines the impact influenza had on Arizona and the Southwest Valley.

Ms. Hegarty is a member of the historical society, where she serves as board vice president, programming coordinator, docent coordinator and curator. She curated the museum’s current exhibit on the 1918 pandemic.

The two-hour lecture will take place at the church, 300 N. Old Litchfield Road, and will be live-streamed via Zoom.

To attend in person, visit churchatlitchfieldpark.org and scroll down to the sign-up tab, or call 623-935-3411.

To receive a Zoom link, email events@lphsmuseum.org.

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