History in a Pandemic: Great Hunger Refugees and Disease

Dr. Karen Sonnelitter, Assistant Professor of History at Siena College, will give a lecture about "Irish fever" and the widespread fear of refugees and immigrants as disease carriers during the mass immigration following the Great Hunger. During the Great Hunger in Ireland, the majority of deaths were attributed to epidemic diseases such as typhus fever and dysentery. Dr. Sonnelitter will discuss the relationship between the famine and the wave of epidemic diseases that struck Ireland in this period.

This event is available to attend in-person at the Museum, or watch live on our YouTube page.

This event is part of of the Communities for Immunity program. Communities for Immunity is made possible with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. For more information, visit www.communitiesforimmunity.org.