Middlesex County to Hold Talk on 1918 Influenza Pandemic

The Middlesex County Office of Culture and Heritage will be presenting the second installment in its series of events marking the centennial of World War I. This special presentation will focus on how New Jersey was impacted by an important event that coincided with the First World War, the 1918 Influenza Pandemic.

This free program is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, April 30 at East Jersey Old Town Village, 1050 River Road in Piscataway.

This outbreak was one of the most severe of the 20th Century. Educator Jennifer Harmsen will examine the impact the pandemic left on New Jersey and the response by local communities.

“As Americans, it is important for all of us to understand how historic events like WWI and the Influenza Pandemic still shape our lives today,” said Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “I hope many people will attend this event and reflect on the challenges New Jersey faced a century ago.”

Required registration must be done by 4 p.m. on Friday, April 28 by calling (732) 745-3030 ext. 310. To register online, send an email to culturalandheritage@co.middlesex.nj.us.

Persons with hearing disabilities may dial (732)745-3888 (TTY users only) or 711, the New Jersey Relay System. In case of inclement weather, call (732)296-8966. An Assistive Listening System will be in use during programs. An American Sign Language Interpreter can be provided with a two-week advance request.

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