May 4th History Alive Lecture Series: Retired U.S. Army Master Nurse Donna Lupinacci Presents Comparing Responses to the 1918 & 2022 Pandemics





B&W 5 boys at San Diego Highschool in 1918 all wearing facemasks and washing their hands
San Diego High School students wash hands and mask-up during the 1918 Influenza Pandemic

(photo curtesy,  San Diego Union archives, San Diego History Center)

May 4 2023

History Alive – Retired Master U.S. Army Nurse, Donna Lupinacci, Presents  “The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 Compared to our Present Day Official Covid 19 Response” 

Thursday, May 4 at 7:00pm

Lee House Cultural Center, 3205 Olive St., Lemon Grove

Back by popular demand, Donna Lupinacci, retired Kaiser and U. S. Army Master Nurse, will reprise her remarkable lecture on the 1918 influenza pandemic, replete with great photos on a Powerpoint.  Many died in Lemon Grove of influenza (“Spanish Flu”) as they did county-wide—and millions worldwide, more than in WW I. Lupinacci will contrast and compare the official public handling of Covid-19 with the 1918 pandemic.


  • Helen Ofield

    Helen M. Ofield is the past president of the Lemon Grove Historical Society. She spearheaded the saving of Lemon Grove’s first church (built 1897) and its adaptive reuse as the Parsonage Museum of Lemon Grove, and the saving of the H. Lee House (built 1928) and its adaptive reuse as the city’s cultural center. Her civic history, Images of America: Lemon Grove (Arcadia 2010) features photographic content by Pete Smith. She is an award-winning writer-producer for national and regional film and television, as well as for print and online news media, a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, former seven-year member of the San Diego County Historic Site Board, and a long-time historic preservationist.

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