Who Was Typhoid Mary? (Virtual Talk by Leslie Goddard – Online Zoom)

Event details

  • December 15, 2020
  • 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Zoom - see link below
  • (864) 244-1499

Cost: Free

Who Was Typhoid Mary?

Popular Chautauqua Star Leslie Goddard (we’ve seen her most recently in Chautauqua as Jackie Kennedy) returns to our Zoom arena with this fascinating illustrated Talk about the famous asymptomatic carrier of typhoid twice forcibly quarantined by authorities for a total of nearly three decades. She died in quarantine. What a story to tell!

Between 1900 and 1907, an Irish immigrant cook named Mary infected dozens of New Yorkers with typhoid fever. Tracked down through detective work, she was finally taken into custody and quarantined on an island off Manhattan, where she died decades later. This fascinating lecture tells the remarkable story of the woman known as Typhoid Mary and why she is remembered as the first “healthy” carrier of a deadly virus. At a time when viruses pose serious questions about the threats and quandaries of epidemics, Typhoid Mary’s story couldn’t be more timely.


REGISTER FOR: TYPHOID MARY

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The event will feature audience Q/A. Everyone who has registered for the event will receive an email with a link to the presentation that will be available for two weeks only.


Leslie Goddard, Ph.D., is an award-winning actress and scholar who has been presenting history lectures and portraying famous women in history for more than ten years. Each year, she presents more than 250 programs, appearing at public libraries, museums and historic homes, professional associations, colleges and universities, and corporations.

Leslie has previously performed in Greenville Chautauqua as Amelia Earhart, Bette Davis and Mary Pickford. A resident of the Chicago area, she holds both a master’s degree in theater and a doctorate in American studies and women’s history. A former museum director, she is the author of two books on Chicago history and currently works full-time as a public speaker, living-history presenter, and author. www.lesliegoddard.info