The Delaware Public Archives, 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. N, Dover, will host “Colonial Contagion: Smallpox and the American Revolution” at 10:30 a.m. Aug 4.

Stephanie Holyfield will discuss the impact of the disease and how it affected both sides during the war for independence. This presentation will provide information about the history of smallpox during the colonial era, George Washington’s decision to inoculate the army and how this epidemic threatened the outcome of the American Revolution.

Holyfield is an associate professor of history at Wesley College. She received her undergraduate degree in history from Milligan College in Milligan College, Tennessee; and her master’s degree in American history from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Holyfield’s Ph.D. in American history is from the University of Delaware. Her professional interests include business and economic history with a focus on Delaware, Colonial America and public history. She serves as a board member of the George Washington Society of Wilmington and the treasurer of Woodside.

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