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A Story of Two Pandemics

Alicia Sosa talks about living through two life-changing times in history

Heidi Lucero

As part of NHMLAC’s Your Story Matters project, 106-year-old Alicia Sosa spent some time talking with us about her life, which spans two centuries and two deadly pandemics. The Angeleno talks of her travels to the U.S. from Mexico as a young child during the Mexican Revolution, her memories of the 1918 flu, and her thoughts about living during the coronavirus pandemic today.

Alicia Sosa and family
Alicia Sosa at a celebration with her big, extended family several years ago.