Cook Inlet Historical Society Presents: The 1919 Spanish Flu in Southwest Alaska—Bristol Bay and Unalaska
This event has ended. It was scheduled for 10/15/2020.
7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15Online via Crowdcast
The Cook Inlet Historical Society presents a duo of historians to discuss the flu pandemic of 1919. Tim Troll shares a brief film, Bristol Bay Remembers: The Great Flu of 1919, and photographs from the U.S. Revenue Cutter Unalga that responded first in Unalaska and later in Bristol Bay. Katie Ringsmuth discusses how Bristol Bay was the last manifestation of the Spanish influenza outbreak in Alaska. Her presentation shares the story of how salmon canneries on the Naknek River responded to the pandemic while local communities, hit hard by the disease, survived to give birth to Bristol Bay’s future generations. She also shares a sneak peek of the Mug Up exhibition, slated to open at the Alaska State Museum in 2022. This is the first talk in the Cook Inlet Historical Society’s 2020-2021 Speaker Series, “Disasters.” This fall’s presentations are virtual, free and open to the public via the Crowdcast link; the same link can be used to review the recorded event after the program conclusion.
About the Presenters
Katie Ringsmuth, PhD In addition to teaching U.S. and Alaska History at the University of Alaska Anchorage, Katie Ringsmuth, PhD., is the founder of Tundra Vision and the director of the NN Cannery History Project, which, in collaboration with the Alaska State Museum, is developing the exhibition Mug Up: The Language of Work, the first museum exhibition to tell the story of Alaska’s salmon canneries through the perspective of the diverse cannery community.
Tim Troll came to Alaska as a VISTA volunteer lawyer in 1978. He is currently executive director of the Bristol Bay Heritage Land Trust, an organization he helped found in 2000. The Trust has conserved 36,000 acres of salmon habitat in Bristol Bay. The Trust is also a sponsor of the NN Cannery History Project.