"Spit Spreads Death: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918-19 in Philadephia," Spit Spreads Death sign, 1918, Collection of Temple University Libraries. Photo courtesy of The College of Physicians/Mütter Museum.
In conjunction with the Mütter Museum’s exhibition Spit Spreads Death: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918–19 in Philadelphia, virtual neighborhood tours co-led by Hidden City Philadelphia illustrate the impacts of the historic influenza pandemic on specific Philadelphia communities.
- October 7, 2020
Virtually visit the German American community of Brewerytown to learn about life before, during, and after the 1918 pandemic.
- October 28, 2020
Learn about the experience of the Irish American community and textile mill workers of Kensington.
Spit Spreads Death features an exhibition and series of programs that shed light on and commemorate the global pandemic of 1918–19, a crisis of particular impact for the city of Philadelphia, which saw 20,000 deaths over a six-month period, more than any other American city.