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"Great Sorrow & Sore Affliction Among Us": Throat Distemper 1735

  • Exeter Historical Society 47 Front Street Exeter, NH, 03833 United States (map)

In 1735, a deadly epidemic swept the east coast of Colonial America. The ailment, now thought to be a particularly virulent form of diphtheria, arose in Kingston, NH, and cruelly decimated primarily children and young mothers. For this illustrated presentation, Curator Barbara Rimkunas will trace the plague and its lasting effects on the region. 

Refreshments will be served at 6:30 pm. The program is open to the public; there is a $5 suggested donation for non-members (or $1 for students).