BENZONIE – “The Great Influenza Pandemic (1918-1920)” is expected to be featured by Michael Nagle online as the next in the Benzonaia Academy of Historical Societies lecture series in the Benzie region.

The conference will take place at 4 a.m. on January 13, live on Zoom and recorded for later viewing on the company’s website. benziemuseum.org.

The Zoom meeting link for the conference is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89591872225.

The great influenza pandemic, also known as the Spanish flu, was the deadliest pandemic in recent history, according to a statement on the historic society conference. It struck in four deadly waves starting in 1918. Experts believe it infected a third of the world’s population around that time and caused the deaths of at least 50 million people worldwide, including 675,000 in the world. United States.

Nagle, professor of history and political science at West Shore Community College, will address questions associated with the great flu and its legacy, such as how and where it originated, how health officials responded and how Did the population react to the mask warrants and school closures?


Nagle, of Ludington, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education and a Master of Arts in History from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. It also serves as chair of the social sciences division at the WSCC. Nagle is an award-winning teacher and renowned speaker covering a range of topics in US and Michigan history.

Nagle is the author of “Justus S. Stearns; Michigan Pine King and Kentucky Coal Baron, 1845-1933 “, published in 2015 by Wayne State University Press. He is currently working on a biography of Detroit industrialist Eber Brock Ward. At his death in 1875, Ward was the richest man in Michigan and possibly from all over the Midwest.

This presentation is part of the Benzonia Academy Lecture Series, which takes place on the second Thursday of each month and is offered by the Benzie Region Historical Society. Visit the Benzie Area Historical Society Facebook page, their website benziemuseum.org, or call the Benzie Area Historical Museum at 231-882-5539 for more information.

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