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Museum Hosts Talk on the Spanish Flu of 1918 in Grant County

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Saturday, January 23, 2021, 11:00am

Local historian Stephen Fox will present a slide lecture on the Spanish influenza epidemic of 1918-19 in Grant County on Saturday, January 23 at 11am. 

Folks can register and attend at www.SilverCityMuseum.Org or at, or if they already have Zoom they can join Meeting ID 872 1894 7573.

The story has many echoes of our current pandemic. The Spanish flu came late to Grant County, not until the first week of November. The county closed down, mandated masks, had only a few cases and deaths, and seemed to have escaped major damage until mid-December. A second wave then began, with some thirty new cases in Santa Rita alone, and lasted into the new year of 1919. Fox’s research in the two Silver City newspapers of that time has turned up a possible explanation of why the second wave happened. It involves John M. Sully, the general manager of the mine at Santa Rita and of the mill at Hurley, and his daughter Ruth Sully, then a student at a school in Los Angeles. 

For more information, please contact the museum at (575) 538-5921 , or visit the museum's website: 

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