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January 23, 2021
11:00 AM
Free admission, $5 suggested donation at
Spanish Flu
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The 1918 Spanish Flu in Grant County, with Dr. Stephen Fox

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Local historian Stephen Fox will speak about the Spanish influenza epidemic of 1918-19 in Grant County, accompanied by a slide presentation. The story has many echoes of our current pandemic. The Spanish flu came late to Grant County. 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 thirty new cases in Santa Rita alone, and lasted into 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 the mill at Hurley, and his daughter Ruth. A historian from Boston, Stephen Fox moved to Silver City with his wife, Alexandra Todd, in 2008. In recent years he has given slide lectures at the museum on “Jaime Crow in New Mexico: Mexicans and Whites in Grant County Since 1870” and on “Aldo Leopold in the Southwest, 1909-192