Everyone knows that World War I was one of the greatest tragedies in human history. Over nine million soldiers and seven million civilians perished during the conflict, and many more lives were disrupted. But not everyone knows that a worse calamity followed the Great War—The Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918 and 1919. An estimated 500 million people were infected worldwide, and 50-100 million died of the disease. With Americans accounting for over six hundred thousand of those deaths, we can be sure that all of us had ancestors whose lives were affected by this calamity.
Join the Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society at the James H. LaRue / Highlands Ranch Library, 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2nd for a presentation about this catastrophe by DAR member Jewel Wellborn, and learn what our grandparents and great-grandparents experienced.
Jewel Wellborn is a member of the Columbine Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Professionally, she is President of Hydrocarbon Exploration and Development, Inc., an independent energy consulting company located in Littleton, Colorado. Jewel received her Master of Science degree in Geology from the Colorado School of Mines, is married and has two children.
Her interest in the 1918-1919 Influenza began when she realized her grandfather’s two brothers had died of the influenza after returning home from World War I. Her interest in the pandemic continues through the Columbine DAR Chapter, whose Historical Preservation Committee is in the process of placing a Historic Monument to memorialize the over 1,500 Spanish Flu victims buried in mass graves on the grounds of the Fairmount Cemetery in Denver.
Arrive at 6:30 p.m. for conversations with fellow genealogists. You never know who might have the solution to your toughest “brick wall.” Following the meeting, we’ll assemble at the Landsdowne Arms in the Highlands Ranch Town Center for libations and genealogical discussions. Don’t miss it.