Amelia Island Genealogical Society
Program Chair, AIGS
March 15, 2019 11:00 a.m.
The Amelia Island Genealogical Society will hold its regular meeting at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at the Community Room of the Fernandina Beach Public Library, 25 N 4th St.
Peter P. Mullen will present The History and Origin of the 1918-1920 Spanish Flu Pandemic. The toll of history’s worst epidemic surpasses all the military deaths in World War I and World War II combined, and it may have begun in the USA. Where were you or your ancestors in 1918-1920? Did any family members die during that time frame?
Learn about the origins of influenza as a zoonotic disease resulting from the domestication of wild animals throughout the history of human civilization. Learn how the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control strive to produce a yearly influenza vaccine to protect us from another pandemic. The 2018-2019 flu season for North America is still upon us.
Peter Mullen is a native of Kentucky and a graduate of the University of Louisville and Western Kentucky University, earning degrees in Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science. He currently lives in Callahan, Florida where he is a retired professor at Florida State College at Jacksonville. He is a member of the Speakers Bureau for the Georgia Historical Society, Sons of Confederate Veterans, and Sons of Union Veterans; he lectures to professional and historical societies nationwide promoting history and culture of the South.