Humanities Kansas will be closed December 26 – 30

Skip Navigation
Get Involved
Grants & Programs About
Contact Donate

Get Involved



Background Image Pandemic on the Prairie
 Main Splash Image

Pandemic on the Prairie

Date and Time: October 28, 2022, 6:00 PM CT

Location: Hays Public Library, 1205 Main St, Hays
(view on google maps)

School closures, mask mandates, social distancing, infection waves, debates over a disease's origin, disparities in health care access, quarantine fatigue. These descriptors could apply to current times as easily as to 1918 when the world experienced its last major pandemic. The influenza epidemic, also known as the Spanish Flu, killed approximately 50 million people worldwide, 676,000 Americans, and over 12,000 Kansans between 1918-1920. While a world war waged, fear and anxiety also loomed at home. This talk tells the stories of how Kansas coped during this tumultuous time, including stories of Kansans Amelia Earhart and Dwight Eisenhower as well as lesser-known stories of Latinos, African Americans, and Native peoples. This presentation can also be tailored to a specific community or region of the state. Presented by Kara Heitz.

Sponsored by: Hays Public Library


For more information about this event, please contact:
Samantha Gill
(785) 625-9014


Kansans Have
Joined the Movement