StoryCorps Northwest: Family Hit By Loss During 1918 Pandemic Reflects On COVID-19

Mother and daughter pose after sharing stories about the 1918 pandemic and Covid-19 pandemic.
Peggy Ward with her daughter, Lynne Embrey. They spoke about deaths in their family during the 1918 flu pandemic, and similarities and differences with the COVID-19 pandemic.


This year, you may have heard references to the 1918 pandemic, referred to as the Spanish flu. Peggy Ward of Moscow, Idaho, shares the story of her grandmother who died in the 1918 pandemic and how it affected her family and the community. She spoke with her  daughter, Lynne Embrey, for StoryCorps Northwest, recorded virtually. 

This segment originally aired on NWPB’s Morning Edition on Dec. 16, 2020. It was recorded as part of NWPB’s 2020 partnership with StoryCorps. Learn more about the national StoryCorps initiative here.

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