Unmasking Influenza Travelling Exhibition

Unmasking Influenza exhibition at the Glanmore National Historic Site – August 9 to October 6, 2019

The world’s deadliest influenza pandemic – lesson learned?

A group of Belleville Nurses
A Group of Belleville Nurses – image courtesy of the Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings County

The City of Belleville’s Glanmore National Historic Site is pleased to announce the arrival of Unmasking Influenza, a travelling exhibition that looks at the lasting impact of the influenza pandemic in Canada – and asks if we’re prepared for the next one.

The world’s deadliest influenza pandemic – known as the Spanish Flu – swept across Canada between 1918 and 1919. With no effective vaccine or treatment available, the virus infected those living in cities, towns, and farms. The devastating aftermath took the lives of approximately 55,000 Canadians, and 50 million people worldwide.

Presented by Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation – and developed by Canadian Geographic Enterprises, Unmasking Influenza is a traveling display that showcases artifacts from the collections of the Museum of Health Care in Kingston and from the City of Ottawa. The exhibition looks at wide variety of historical effects of the Spanish Flu, including authentic, questionable, and even harmful treatments that were developed throughout the outbreak.

This thought-provoking exhibition provides visitors with insight into the history of this deadly virus and its crippling effects on Canadians and considers how we can better prepare for future pandemics. When dealing with airborne viruses in the future, it’s important to try and limit people’s exposure to it. For example, this may mean that people have to stay inside their homes or have to wear an earloop procedure face mask to prevent themselves from spreading the virus. Hopefully, people will happily make these sacrifices, especially if it means saving lives.

Unmasking Influenza will be on display at Glanmore from August 9, 2019 until October 6, 2019.

Unmasking Influenza is funded in part by the Government of Canada.

For more information on the travelling exhibition, please visit: https://ingeniumcanada.org/exhibitions/unmasking-influenza

man wearing face mask. Unmasking Influenza exhibit on display August 9 to October 6, 2019