An Unwelcome Visit from the Spanish Lady: The 1918 Influenza Pandemic in Western Pennsylvania

Spanish Lady book

An Unwelcome Visit from the Spanish Lady: The 1918 Influenza Pandemic in Western Pennsylvania

In the 473-page book the author, Thomas Soltis, Ph.D. brings together a complete history of the travels and impact of the “Spanish Lady” – the 1918 Influenza Pandemic.   This entire project began in 2017 when a colleague of Dr. Soltis at the Westmoreland Community College suggested doing something to commemorate the upcoming 100th anniversary of the influenza pandemic.  The idea gathered encouragement and support that grew to include, in addition to WCCC, the Westmoreland Historical Society, the Westmoreland County Federated Library System, Excela Health, and the PA Department of Health.  Soon a Speaker Series was created.  As of early 2019, Tom had completed more than 60 presentations.   As the project gained attention, local newspapers carried requests for submission of any “family stories” of the Pandemic.  After each presentation, he requested anyone with a family story to submit it to him.    Most of the content of the lectures and many of the subsequent submissions and discoveries are contained in this book.  The concluding chapter contains this rather prophetic answer to the question of whether something like the 1918 Pandemic could happen again:  “. . . it is not a matter of if but a matter of when.”

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In the 473-page book the author, Thomas Soltis, Ph.D. brings together a complete history of the travels and impact of the “Spanish Lady” – the 1918 Influenza Pandemic.   This entire project began in 2017 when a colleague of Dr. Soltis at the Westmoreland Community College suggested doing something to commemorate the upcoming 100th anniversary of the influenza pandemic.  The idea gathered encouragement and support that grew to include, in addition to WCCC, the Westmoreland Historical Society, the Westmoreland County Federated Library System, Excela Health, and the PA Department of Health.  Soon a Speaker Series was created.  As of early 2019, Tom had completed more than 60 presentations.   As the project gained attention, local newspapers carried requests for submission of any “family stories” of the Pandemic.  After each presentation, he requested anyone with a family story to submit it to him.    Most of the content of the lectures and many of the subsequent submissions and discoveries are contained in this book.