All regular Lectures are at the Marine Institute at Ridge Road.
Hampton Hall is through the main front door at the Marine Institute and to the left. All lectures start at 7:30 pm. Free parking is available in front and to the west of the building.
Lectures are held on the last Thursday of the months of September, October, November, January, February, March and April. Please contact the office for symposia venues.
Please check the NEXT SYMPOSIUM page on this site for symposia information.
Researching the Story of Spanish Flu in Labrador
The Spanish influenza pandemic of 1918 killed millions of people but nowhere on earth was the devastation greater than in Labrador. Seventy per cent of the Inuit in Okak and Hebron and twenty per cent of the residents of Sandwich Bay died. During the disaster, a few people kept journals; government records and newspaper accounts noted the occurrence of mass death in Labrador. In the years following, survivors were interviewed, especially by staff of Labrador’s oral history quarterly, Them Days. For her new book, We All Expected To Die: Spanish Influenza in Labrador, 1918-1919, Anne Budgell examined these information sources, and along with the story of hardship and suffering, found discrepancies, contradictions, and fabrications. In her lecture, she will discuss the challenges of reconstructing a story from a hundred years ago. The audience will also see the National Film Board documentary from 1985, The Last Days of Okak.
Click player below to hear the lecture. Audio only available.