Patricia Fanning will
speak about the 1918 influenza epidemic in the Norwood/Walpole area at the next meeting of the Walpole Historical Society 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the Deacon Willard Lewis House, 33 West St.
The influenza epidemic of 1918 was one of the worst medical disasters in human history, taking close to thirty million lives worldwide (more than 750,000 in the United States) in less than a year.
Fanning's presentation to the Walpole Historical Society will focus on her book "Influenza and Inequality: One Town’s Tragic Response to the Great Epidemic of 1918," published by UMass Press in October, 2010. In the book, Fanning explories what occurred during the 1918 influenza epidemic in one small industrial community, Norwood
Her Sept. 16 talk will bring this horrifying episode of disease to life as it moved through the streets of Norwood, and neighboring Walpole.
Fanning has been a member of the Norwood Historical Society for many years. She received a Master’s in American studies and a PhD in sociology from Boston College and is a professor of sociology at Bridgewater State University.