Join Historian Barney Terrell for an informative and entertaining talk as he explores the Great Flu Pandemic of 1918 and how it affected Santa Clara Valley.
In 1978, Lila Mae Carney, a lifelong Campbell resident, participated in the first Oral History project for the Campbell Museum. When asked ?Do you remember the flu epidemic of 1918?? the 80 year old Carney answered simply, ?Boy, do I.? World War One ended on November 11, 1918. As the guns fell silent on the Western Front, a new menace roared throughout Santa Clara County: Spanish Influenza. In the week leading to Armistice Day, 15 Santa Clarans died of the flu and a further 300 were infected. Theaters from Palo Alto to Milpitas shut down, along with every public school in the valley. Portions of the San Jose Normal School were given over to the public health officer for use as hospital wards. Through it all, the staff and volunteers of the Peninsula Hospital, County Hospital and private sanitariums did the best they could to stem the tide of the worst epidemic any had ever seen.