This website was created in West Chester University's 2018 HIS 480/HON 451 Immigration and Digital Storytelling class as a part of Philadelphia Immigration, an oral history project created by students and faculty at West Chester University, in partnership with the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries and the Free Library of Philadelphia.
In the class, students were tasked with creating a digital storytelling project. We chose a topic discussed in multiple interviews from early 20th century immigrants to Philadelphia. After listening to these immigrants tell their stories, one event came across as having a major impact in their lives: the Influenza Pandemic of 1918. We chose the pandemic as our topic for this project to tell these immigrants experience with it, their perspectives, and how it impacted their daily and family lives.