The 1918 Spanish Influenza Epidemic in Northfield

In the Fall of 2020, the Northfield Historical Society welcomed a team of researchers from Carleton College’s Historians For Hire. 

NHS wanted to learn how Northfield handled the 1918 Spanish Flu Epidemic. We wanted to draw comparisons to the current 

COVID-19 pandemic. KatieRose Kimball, Sasha Mothershead, and Lea Winston were willing to research Northfield’s

 experience with the epidemic. They looked at resources and themes playing out in the public and on the two college campuses.


The Historians For Hire turned their body of research into a detailed timeline that can be interactively explored. They also 

created a thematic guide to answer the types of questions we had prior to their project. Both finished products are available on

this page as well as citations and notes from the resources they  used to create these research tools.