We've Been Here Before:  the Polio Epidemic
Wednesday, March 24 at 7 p.m.
Live online (Zoom or Facebook Live), register at 

Seven neighboring public libraries, in partnership with the Northeast Kansas Library System (NEKLS), will host the second in a series of “We’ve Been Here Before” programs, which examine historical events that have lessons to teach us in the midst of this pandemic. The upcoming program is a moderated discussion about the Polio vaccine.

Mass vaccinations in the 1950s helped eradicate polio from the United States. Learning about how we conquered this crippling disease seventy years ago can help us put our current situation in perspective.

The panel of experts for the polio discussion includes:
  • René F. Najera, Dr.PH, Editor, History of Vaccines, College of Physicians of Philadelphia
  • Chris Crenner, M.D., Ph.D., Hudson-Major Professor and Chair at the University of Kansas Medical Center
  • Carl Chinnery, a Past District Governor from District 6040 and member of the Lee’s Summit Rotary Club
  • Jim Arnett, Rotary District 5710 Polio Chairman and spouse of a polio survivor of Kansas City's 1946 Polio Epidemic
This program series is a partnership of the public libraries in Atchison, Basehor, Bonner Springs, Lansing, Leavenworth, Linwood, and Tonganoxie, as well as NEKLS.