Historical Society Lecture on 9/23: National History Day Winners and Comparing the 1918 Flu to Covid-19

Bedford’s original Town Seal was discovered several years ago in the loft above John Brown’s garage where it had been stored by an early Town Clerk – Image (c) JMcCT, 2012 all rights reserved

The first program of the Bedford Historical Society’s 2020-2021 season, on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, will be a virtual Zoom program featuring presentations on Bedford High students’ award-winning National History Day projects and a discussion about the parallels and differences between today’s coronavirus pandemic and the flu pandemic of 1918.

The September 23 program will be available entirely via Zoom, and will begin at 7 pm.  The public and society members are invited to participate either via video or audio by telephone. The links will be emailed to Historical Society members; others are invited to contact the Society office at 781-275-5276 or by email info@bedfordmahistory.org and the link will be sent to them.

Program Details ~ National History Day

The Historical Society traditionally honors those students who have performed exceptionally in the Bedford History Day challenges. This year, four students will describe their winning National History Day projects and receive prizes:

  • Shana Wolckenhaaer, whose Breaking the Barrier of Truth Around King Leopold II’s Congo Free State Through the Use of Mass Media was chosen as a “showcase documentary” for the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
  • Katie Krantz, whose project, The Nuremberg Code of Ethics: Braking down the barrier between human research subjects and their rights, won a special prize, the Best Representation of Breaking Barriers in Medical History.
  • Maya Driscoll and Emily Kociubes, whose group project, Samuel Morse and the Telegraph: Breaking Barriers in Communications and  he Limits of Morality, won a special prize, Best Project in Industrial History.

Program Details ~ 1918 Flu and 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic

The pandemic discussion, including a representative from Bedford’s Health Department, will follow the showing of a short YouTube video about the 1918 flu pandemic.


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