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Neighborhood Stories: A Spit Spreads Death Virtual Tour of Bella Vista

August 27, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

How did the influenza pandemic of 1918–19 affect Philadelphia’s neighborhoods?

Join the Mütter Museum and Hidden City Philadelphia for a virtual exploration of South Philadelphia’s Bella Vista neighborhood that focuses on the Italian American community a century ago. We’ll learn about alley rowhouses, immigrant businesses, churches, and hospitals as we explore life before, during, and after the influenza pandemic that killed more than 17,500 Philadelphians in 1918–19.

*Virtual event details will be emailed to registered attendees.

Major support for Spit Spreads Death has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, with additional support from the Groff Family Memorial Trust and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Image: Map detail showing part of South Philadelphia, 1917 (source)