MIDDLESEX COUNTY - The Middlesex County Office of Culture and Heritage invites you to the next 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.

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“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.”

“I look forward to this event and the other events planned for the WWI Centennial series,” said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, chair of the County’s Business Development and Education Committee. “I encourage all residents to join us and learn more about the role our State and County have played in America’s history.”

This program is offered free of charge, but registration is required. Register 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.

For more information on this and other history programming, visit the County website at www.middlesexcountynj.gov or call (732)745-4489

Funding for “The 1918 Influenza Pandemic” is provided in part by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey Historical Commission/Department of State.