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BTS of Spit Spreads Death: the Influenza Pandemic of 1918-19 in Philadelphia

  • Mutter Museum 19 South 22nd Street Philadelphia, PA, 19103 United States (map)

When:Wednesday November 13, 2019, 6-8 pm

Location:Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Cost:$10 General Admission, Museum Council members get a $5 discount (input your MC email in the promo code field)

What happens when disease strikes a city of two million people, sickening half a million and killing more than 12,000 in just six weeks, and 20,000 in six months? What would YOU do?

A century ago, a worldwide health disaster hit home. The influenza pandemic of 1918–19, the global epidemic often called the “Spanish flu,” killed 50 to 100 million people worldwide. Here in Philadelphia, the Liberty Loan Parade, a patriotic wartime effort on September 28, 1918, helped to spread the disease. 

Spit Spreads Death: the Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919 in Philadelphia is an exhibition and artist project that explores how neighborhoods in Philadelphia were impacted, how the disease spread, and what could happen in future pandemics. Join us at the Mütter Museum for a behind-the-scenes guided tour of this fascinating exhibition. Afterwards attendees are encouraged to meet up for drinks at the nearby Rogues Gallery. 

Earlier Event: November 6
Sip & Swing with Museum Council