On February 4, 2021 at 2:30, Mike Dixon will be joining the Rehoboth Beach Museum to kick off our 2021 Zoom programming. Mike Dixon, a local historian who is a speaker with Delaware Humanities will present a program on the 1918 pandemic and its similarities to what we are experiencing with the novel Covid-19 crisis.
“We’ve Been There Before: Delmarva During the 1918 Pandemic” examines the impact of the so-called Spanish Influenza Pandemic of 1918 on Delmarva and nearby points. The virus took a grim toll on the Delmarva region, and it overwhelmed the health care system, forcing the region to shut down for an extended period. Although they didn’t call it social distancing at the top of the twentieth century, the methods they used to quarantine the contagion are similar to what we practice today. Thus, as the world struggles with the novel COVID-19 contagion, we will take a relevant look at the past to see how people in the region 102-years ago managed a similar situation, at a time when medical science did not have a treatment for the pathogen.
For over four decades, Mike Dixon has worked to encourage public interest and participation in the preservation of the past while creating understandings between earlier eras and the present. We look forward to having Mr. Dixon back, even if only virtually.
This is a virtual presentation via Zoom and registration is required. Go to Rehoboth Beach Museum website rehobothbeachmuseum.org to register.
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