Today is a special day for me and for Roma Mary Grace. Thirty-one years ago today Roma Clara Josephine Rasa Siegel left the physical world and became a guardian angel. She was a mother, grandmother, neighbor and friend to many. To me she was an inspiration and since that day I have often felt … Continue reading "A Day of Remembrance"
As World War I was coming to a close a new enemy threatened the country. We will discuss what happened in the Ozarks and throughout the country with the onslaught of the … Continue reading "Was Your Family Affected by the Influenza Pandemic (1918-1920)?"
One hundred years ago today, on January 17th, 1919, students at the University of Missouri were required to wear masks. Why? Because the scourge of influenza had returned. It was thought the nightmare had ended. The influenza epidemic had surged through the fall of 1918 and had dampened the joy over the end of the … Continue reading "The Unsung Heroes Behind the Masks"
Part One: The Outbreak
Genealogy is so much more than family trees, records and dates. People’s lives are shaped by the events of their time. One such event is the Spanish Influenza Pandemic. The disease took on many names including “Spanish Influenza,” “Spanish Lady,” “La Grippe” or simply the “Grip.” While it affected virtually every … Continue reading "Grip, Grippe and the Spanish Lady: The 1918-1920 Pandemic"
Grip, Grippe and the Spanish Lady: The 1918 Pandemic and the US Government Response. Lecture at the National World War One Museum and Memorial, Kansas City, Missouri, 12 August 2018.
Blog post Unsung Heroes detailing the actions of nursing students from University of Missouri during the Influenza epidemic.