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Saturday, September 14 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Butte, Montana in the 20th Century

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Janelle M. Olberding will read from and discuss her book Butte and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic, published earlier this year.

In the final months of 1918, the Spanish flu that circled the globe hit the city of Butte, killing between one and two percent of the population in fewer than six months. In Butte and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic, Olberding recounts the emotional struggle of the men and women who fought against, suffered from, and succumbed to influenza on the "Richest Hill on Earth." Why did influenza take such a toll on this unique, diverse, and darkly beautiful city, and what lessons can we learn from the tragedy of 1918? 

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Marc C Johnson

Marc C. Johnson has worked as a broadcast journalist and communication and crisis management consultant and served as a top aide to Idaho’s longest-serving governor, Cecil D. Andrus. His writing on politics and history has been published in the New York Times, California Journal... Read More →
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Janelle M. Olberding

Janelle M. Olberding is an independent historian, writer, avid reader, part-time educator, and lifelong learner. Her work on the 1918 influenza pandemic in Butte, Montana has appeared in the "Journal of the West," and her first book, "Butte and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic," was published... Read More →

Saturday September 14, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm MDT
Missoula Public Library