Neighborhood Stories: A Spit Spreads Death Walking Tour of Brewerytown

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2813 Master Street

Philadelphia, PA 19121

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Neighborhood Stories: A Spit Spreads Death Walking Tour of Brewerytown



The influenza pandemic of 1918–19 hit Philadelphia hard, killing more than 17,500 residents. What made the so-called “Spanish flu” so deadly here? One hundred years later, we’ll investigate with a walking tour of Brewerytown in North Philadelphia that focuses on life and death in the German American community. This is the third of four walking tours featuring city neighborhoods developed for Spit Spreads Death: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918–19 in Philadelphia, a new long-term exhibition now open at the Mütter Museum. Each tour will be led by its creators: Pete Woodall, Project Director of Hidden City Philadelphia, and Jane E. Boyd, Historical Curator of Spit Spreads Death.


The tour will start at Acts of the Apostles Church in Jesus Christ, 2813 Master Street (N. 28th and Master).


ABOUT Hidden City Philadelphia

Hidden City Philadelphia of CultureTrust pulls back the curtain on the city’s most remarkable places and connects them to new people, functions, and resources. We celebrate the power of place and inspire social action to make our city a better place to live, work, and play.



ABOUT Spit Spreads Death

A century ago, a worldwide health disaster hit home. The influenza pandemic of 1918–19, the global epidemic often called the “Spanish flu,” killed 50 to 100 million people worldwide.

Here in Philadelphia, the Liberty Loan Parade, a patriotic wartime effort on September 28, 1918, helped to spread the disease. Soon, the city was in crisis. Hospitals overflowed and bodies piled up in morgues. Philadelphia had the highest death rate of any major American city during the pandemic. More than 12,000 people died in six weeks; over 20,000 died in six months.

Many of those people died young. Very few were wealthy or famous. Their names are not in history books, but their families did not forget them.

Spit Spreads Death explores how neighborhoods in Philadelphia were impacted, how the disease spread, and what could happen in future pandemics.

Spit Spreads Death is an exhibition and artist project that explores both this devastating historic event and the connections to contemporary health issues. Join us for an exploration that begins before the exhibition opens and will continue throughout the life of the exhibition.


Major support for Spit Spreads Death has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, with additional support from the Groff Family Memorial Trust and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

*Map Image taken from The Greater Philadelphia GeoHistory Network (GPGN)



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