Hazel Isabel Layden was one of six Dundas residents who perished as a result of the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic. Hazel attended Dundas Central elementary school, and walked the same hallways as the students from Mr. Bell’s Grade 5/6 class. Working in collaboration with the Dundas Museum & Archives, students were motivated to investigate Hazel’s life and how she lived. The class learned about a disease that spread quickly and confused doctors, who did not know how to treat the illness. In collaboration with McMaster Children and Youth University (MCYU), Mr. Bell’s class discovered how viruses survive and spread, and the students were inspired to imagine how to detect and manage a potential flu pandemic in the future.
You can explore this journey by selecting each of the ‘Ah-ha moments’ experienced by the team. Play the 11 numbered “moments” to share the adventure.
While exploring the icons within the project below, play “When I was a Dreamer” – music by Egbert Van Alstyne (1914).
Piano recital by Izzie and Kassandra (students in Mr. Bell’s class).
Dundas Museum & Archives
Dundas Central Public School
Who was Hazel Layden? 1904 to 1918. An exhibit by the students of by the students of Mr. Bell’s grade five/six class.
Street view of Dundas (c. 1900-1920)
Birds Eye View of Dundas (c. 1900-1920)
Old map of Dundas