Author Event: Janelle Olberding

Join us on Wednesday, May 22nd at 6:00 pm when Janelle Olberding about her latest book “Butte and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic.”  Olberding will give a talk about her book, answer questions, and sign books.  Copies will be available for purchase at the event.  This event will take place in The Carle Gallery on the 3rd floor of the library.


Summary: Butte was an incomparable city, but in late 1918, some of the things that made it so exceptional also made it incredibly cruel. That year, the Spanish flu swept across the country, killing some 675,000 Americans before year’s end. Some of the country’s highest mortality rates occurred in its cities–Philadelphia, San Francisco, Boston, and Butte. In less than six months, the virus killed almost 2 percent of Butte’s residents and overwhelmed public health systems. Experimental treatments, civil unrest, death, and human resilience followed in the dramatic final weeks of the year. Author Janelle Olberding recounts the emotional struggle of the men and women who fought against, suffered from, and succumbed to influenza on the “Richest Hill on Earth.”