Sanford, like most communities in Maine and across the nation, sent its youth off to fight in World War I. The war, its impact on Sanford and the impact of influenza in 1918 are the subject of a talk Thursday at the Sanford Springvale Historical Museum. COURTESY PHOTO

SPRINGVALE — The Sanford Springvale Historical Museum will host a program entitled ‘World War I and the Spanish Influenza and its impact on Sanford’ at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 21.

The presenter will be long time Sanford High School teacher Paul Auger.

“This past year saw the 100th Anniversary of the end of WWI,” said Auger. “The war had a great effect on Sanford as the community saw many volunteers leave for the shores of France. Coinciding with the war in Europe was the deadliest pandemic in modern history; the ‘Spanish Flu.’ The flu circled the globe in a matter of months, wiping out entire communities.”

“Find out what effect WWI had in Sanford and how the Spanish Flu brought Sanford to a standstill for almost a month,” said Auger.

The Sanford-Springvale Historical Museum is located at 505 Main St. in Springvale. The museum is handicapped accessible. The event is free; all are welcome.