Fall 2018 Programs
On 100th Anniversary, A Look at the Flu Epidemic in Medfield
Monday, November 5, 2018
First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church
26 North Street, Medfield
2018 is the centennial of many significant events – the end of the Great War (as it was known before Hitler plunged Europe into World War II), the last World Series win for the Red Sox before an 86-year drought… and the Spanish flu pandemic, which struck one third of the world’s population and killed an estimated 50 million people.
Linda Morse, formerly of Medfield and now in Millis, teaches several history and other courses at Foxborough Regional Charter High School. She also edits the New England Journal of History. At the November 5 historical society meeting she will talk about this most deadly flu epidemic, particularly about how it impacted Medfield and the state hospital.
The meeting is free and open to the public. Please join us.
Peak House Pantry and White Elephant Sale
The annual Peak House Pantry Sale, a town tradition for close to 50 years, will be held at the Peak House on Saturday, November 17, from 9 am – 1 pm. Stop by early to pick up home-baked pies, breads, cookies, and other treats as well as a wedge of sharp Vermont cheese. Browse the white elephant sale for treasures and novelties (artwork, kitchenware, local history memorabilia, books, tools, toys, sporting goods…) and warm yourself at the hearth inside. Did you know that the house’s main beam is from a tree that sprouted in 1492? Or that 11 people lived there at one time?
All proceeds support the Medfield Historical Society’s ongoing maintenance of the Peak House, one of the oldest houses of its kind in the North America and the first stop on the third grade’s day-long bus tour around historic Medfield every spring.
Donations for the yard sale gratefully accepted on Friday, November 16 from 12 – 2 pm.