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East Brunswick Historical Society: 1918 Flu Pandemic Discussed

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - On March 11, the East Brunswick Historical Society will present Ms. Jennifer Harmsen, who will discuss her paper, “Death Unspoken: The Impact of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic in New Jersey.” Occurring during the First World War, the 1918 Influenza Pandemic was one of the most severe outbreaks of the 20th Century. She will examine the impact the pandemic left on New Jersey and the response by local communities.

Ms. Harmsen, is an educator with over 25 years’ experience as a 7th grade Ancient History teacher in Hillsborough. She has received undergraduate and graduate degrees in Communications, History, and Education from Northwestern University, Rutgers University, and Seton Hall University.

She has been a moderator for the Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine, and at other venues throughout New Jersey.

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Historical Society member Howard Schmidt will give the introduction.

The program starts at 2:00 pm at the Historical Society House, 78 Milltown Road in East Brunswick. Refreshments will be provided.

For additional information, please call 732-249-3522.

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