COVID-19 – Not the Only Pandemic in Minnesota’s History

Here at 106 Group, we believe in Connecting People + Place + Time. But what does that mean for the current pandemic we are all experiencing? Are our collective experiences new, or part of a millennia of epidemics and pandemics that have shaped our societies? This short film provides insights into past outbreaks, epidemics, and pandemics in Minnesota that puts our current experiences in some context.
Kate Hunt, Transylvania Bioarchaeology, Romania Photo Credit: Khrystyne Tschinkel
Kate Hunt, one of our accomplished archaeologists, has a special expertise in paleopathology (the study of ancient diseases in animal and human remains). After studying the history of disease throughout the world, she has developed this fascinating overview of Minnesota’s past outbreaks, epidemics, and pandemics. The overview begins in the 17th century and works its way to modern times where she summarizes our state’s history of smallpox, measles, diphtheria, cholera, typhoid, tuberculosis, leprosy, influenza, and polio. COVID-19 is by no means Minnesota’s first pandemic, and it’s fascinating to see how we have dealt with other diseases over time.
At 106 Group, we believe in the importance of connecting people + place + time because understanding our history often helps make sense of modern-day experiences.
Check out our film to learn all about it:

Photos courtesy from film: MNHS, MNopedia, Picryl, and Creative Commons