How did the influenza pandemic of 1918–19 affect Philadelphia’s neighborhoods?
Join the Mütter Museum and Hidden City Philadelphia for a virtual tour of Kensington in North Philadelphia that focuses on the Irish American community and textile mill workers a century ago. We’ll learn about rowhouses, mills, churches, and hospitals as we explore life before, during, and after the influenza pandemic that killed more than 17,500 Philadelphians in 1918–19.
*Virtual event details will be emailed to registered attendees.
Major support for Spit Spreads Death has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, with additional support from the Groff Family Memorial Trust and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Image: Map detail showing part of Kensington, Philadelphia, 1919 (source)
The Mütter Museum helps the public appreciate the mysteries and beauty of the human body while understanding the history of diagnosis and treatment of disease.