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This photograph of a nurse was taken in 1918. Thank you to all the health care workers and other dedicated people working to keep us safe during these difficult times! Please consider helping us document what is happening now by participating in our collection initiative: History is Now: COVID-19 Health Crisis. Click on the image above for a link. Thanks!



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Influenza Epidemic in Minnesota, 1918

The 1918 influenza pandemic caused an estimated fifty million deaths worldwide. 675,000 were in the United States; over 10,000 were in Minnesota.


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First Avenue turns 50

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Minnesota, 1918

Minnesota, 1918: When Flu, Fire, and War Ravaged the State

Learn about how Minnesotans adapted to and persevered through a global pandemic a century ago in Curt Brown's Minnesota, 1918: When Flu, Fire, and War Ravaged the State.