Brendon Duffy, archivist at CentraCare, will present Precedented Times: The 1918-19 Spanish Flu in Central Minnesota at 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 9, at our Breakfast Club. As World War I was coming to an end, the world battled an invisible opponent – the Spanish Flu of 1918-19. This pandemic, which took an estimated 50 million lives worldwide, had major effects on medical care, public health and personal hygiene. Duffy will share what life was like in Minnesota during the Spanish Flu and talk about how that crisis shaped healthcare in Central Minnesota in ways we may not realize.
Duffy is an experienced researcher and presenter who strives to tell meaningful stories. He has been an archivist with CentraCare for more than four years and is a certified genealogical researcher. He also worked several years for St. John’s University, Collegeville.
Attendance for this event is limited to 40 people due to COVID-19 space limitations. Reservations are required and will close at noon Tuesday, June 8. Please call the Museum at 320-253-8424 to register. The Breakfast Club program is free for Stearns History Museum members and $7 for nonmembers. Coffee and rolls will be provided.