Pennsylvania and the 1918-1919 Pandemic

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Hi all,

Sharing a project that may be of interest.  Library staff who are working remotely during the pandemic have been monitoring reports published in Pennsylvania newspapers about the 1918 pandemic .  Each week a half-dozen articles are selected reflecting the experiences of Pennsylvanians - not just about the pandemic but other issues of the day.   Articles selected for the week of Oct. 6-12 include notices of school closings, discussions of women's suffrage, prohibition, and advice to wear a gas mask  and avoid crowds to ward off the rising influenza threat!
We will be adding content weekly. You can subscribe to the blog to automatically get notified of new posts.  Note that much of the content is available through the PA Newspaper Archive which is freely available to all.  Some content, however, will be in subscription databases which require a Penn State account (or an account with another institution which subscribes to the database)   

Although we are not Pennsylvania historians, we find the news reports fascinating and wanted to share.  We hope the site proves interesting and informative to others and resonates as we all navigate our own troubling times.


Eric Novotny
History Librarian
Penn State University