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A Summer Without Children: An Oral History of Wythe County, Virginia's 1950 Polio Epidemic

A historical exhibit produced for the Thomas J. Boyd Museum, Wytheville, Virginia, about "the worst per capita polio outbreak in the US." The small town of Wytheville (population 5,550) accounted for 185 polio cases--or 15% of all cases in the State of Virginia that summer. Drawn from personal accounts, private archives and newspaper articles, Linda Logan portrays the town that summer when there were no children seen on the streets due to the sever polio outbreak.


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