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By coincidence, Kansas City exhibit looks at flu pandemic
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Just as the world watches a new influenza scare, an exhibit in Kansas City will look at a 1918 pandemic that killed 50 million people.
Part of an upcoming exhibit at the new National Archives near Union Station deals with the Spanish flu pandemic that swept the world -- and is widely believed to have originated in Kansas.
An enormous photo of a sickroom at Fort Riley, Kan., shows rows of young men on cots during the 1918 pandemic.
The free exhibit -- called "It's Big" -- runs from May 23 through Jan. 23.
The archives says the scheduling of the display -- at a time when the world fears another flu pandemic -- is coincidence.
Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com