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Lecture Series Twenty Seventeen: Gooding County Faces the Other Enemy During WWI 3/14/2017
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

From 1917 to 1919 the world went to war against one of the deadliest enemies it has ever faced. An enemy so efficient in its ability to kill, it would take months from the time it killed its first victim until scientists were even able to identify it. This enemy killed indiscriminately, but it was especially efficient at killing the healthiest of the world’s younger adults. No nation could defeat it, and it remains undefeated to this day. During its murderous rampage, this enemy killed an estimated 50 million people. Because this enemy could not be seen or heard, most learned of its existence as it tore through towns, villages and cities, leaving a trail of death and despair behind. At the time, news reporters called it the Great Spanish Flu. Where this flu actually started is a debate among scientists, but the damage it caused is undebatable and reverberates to this day. As with cities and small towns across the globe, Gooding County did not escape this enemy unscathed. Join us and hear how the people of Gooding County rallied, as they have from the time of the first settlers, to assist the survivors and keep their towns and their county moving forward.

Kelly Kast was born and raised in Gooding County and has spent many years researching and writing about the intriguing history of south-central Idaho. Kelly was a staff writer for the Gooding County Leader for seven years and its editor for three years. She has published many history articles with Idaho Magazine. Kelly currently works for the Idaho State Police and in 2013 published Without Compromise, the history of the Idaho State Police, in celebration of its 75th anniversary. 

7-8:30 p.m.

March 14, 2017

North Side Center

Presenter:  Kelly Kast


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