The Cultural Services Division of Lambton County has arranged for a digital panel of local historians to discuss how the current pandemic compares to the influenza that gripped the world at the end of the First World War. The Panel has been researching the local impact of the Spanish Flu in 1918 and how the lives of ordinary people were changed then. Each panelist will be able to speak to a different aspect of the crisis and share stories from local residents. 

In addition to this, the digital panel is an opportunity to document the current crisis with the help of the community. The local museums and archives want to know your experiences and how COVID-19 has impacted your life. 

Panelists will include: Dana Thorne, Lambton Heritage Museum; Nicole Aszalos, Lambton County Archives; David McLean, Forest-Lambton Museum; Kailyn Shepley, Sombra Museum; Glenn Stott, Arkona Lions Museum; Greg Stott, Historian, University College of the North; and Alan Campbell, Ontario Genealogical Society. The session will be moderated by Erin Dee-Richard from the Oil Museum of Canada.

This session will take place May 28 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. If you are interested in the free event, you must pre-register online through Zoom.

If you are unable to attend the live event, the panel presentation will be recorded and made available online here.