Layne Carpenter will speak on the 1918 flu epidemic March 29th

Wilson County Genealogical Society’s March 29th featured speaker, Layne Carpenter, will present, “Eastern North Carolina and the 1918 Influenza Epidemic.”  She is an archivist with East Carolina University, Laupus Health Sciences Library, Greenville, NC.

When the Great War ended in the fall of 1918, a lethal disease, “Spanish” Influenza, had spread across the globe. By the time the epidemic ended in March 1919, more people had died from the disease than those who died during the Great War, 13,000 of which were North Carolinians. Her presentation will include the deadly influenza virus strain and its rampage throughout eastern North Carolina. She will discuss the impact of the disease during that period on society, medical care and public health.

She is a native of Marietta, Ohio; completed her B.A. degree in American History at Westminster College, PA.; and M.A. degree in Public & Applied History at the University of North Carolina Charlotte.  She was also a UNCC Graduate Assistant in the Oral History Section, UNCC Special Collections Department.

Ms. Carpenter’s presentation will be at Wilson County Community College, March 29, 2022, 7 p.m., Room 102, Building E.  Masks are required and COVID protocols observed.