UHEC facilities remain closed to the public for the time being. However, our staff is back at work, and we are presenting an extensive schedule of online art, history, and genealogy programming. We can also assist remote researchers and provide on-demand digitization. Read more...

NashiPredky@Home: Disease and Death in 19th Century Galicia

Think COVID-19 is bad? A look at death records from the 1800s will make you appreciate advances in medical science.

UHEC archivist Michael Andrec will present some of his own personal research on deaths in the Greek Catholic population of his ancestral village of Bos’ko (now Besko, Poland). He will show results of a statistical analysis of over 2,000 death records spanning 1853 to 1910 that reveals patterns of mortality, causes of death, funeral practices, and other insights that are revealed only through such a “big data” analysis. Although his analysis is for one very specific village, there is no reason to believe that this village was anomalous, and therefore the conclusions are likely applicable to other villages in the region.

This is a free event, but registration is required.





September 9th, 2020 7:00 PM through  8:00 PM