In 1849, a steamship named after President James Monroe headed from St. Louis to Council Bluffs, Iowa. The passengers were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from Philadelphia. At St. Louis they were joined by a group of California gold diggers from Jeffersonville, Indiana. But their trip was interrupted when cholera broke out on board. Local 14-year-old James McHenry discovered the steamship after it landed at Jefferson City, and observed the dead and dying victims along the riverbank. Author Gary Elliott recently published a book about the outbreak and details its history and its far-reaching effects. Please join us online for this presentation.
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