Exhibition “Saving Serbia. The American Mission and the Typhus Epidemic in Serbia 1915” is opening in Belgrade

The Centre for Public History started a research project in 2018 about the typhus epidemic that escalated in Serbia in 1915, during WWI. The epidemic was stopped with a help of foreign health operations and especially with a help of the American mission with doctor Strong as a head of the mission. Research results were introduced to the public in a form of the exhibition that was traveling around Serbia and was presented by now in 4 cities. Archival materials, such as photographs, newspaper articles and official documents that testify about the life in Serbia in 1915, spread of the typhus epidemic and arrival of a foreign medical missions to Serbia, and following historical texts, were shown to the public for the first time. Publication covering the typhus epidemic in 1915 was prepared as the exhibition catalogue, available in printed form for all visitors.

Exhibition was hosted in Cultural Center Šabac from 15-24. November 2018, National Library Bor from 28. November – 9. December 2018, Archive of Vojvodina in Novi Sad from 13-25. December 2018, Gymnasium in Uzice from 14-21. January 2019, and closing of the traveling exhibition is planned for 11. February 2019 at the Historical Museum of Serbia, in Belgrade.

Opening of the exhibition in Belgrade will be on Monday, 11the of February 2019 at 6pm and it will be open for visitors until 28th of February 2019.

Project is supported by the US Embassy in Belgrade.


The project is being implemented with the support of the US Embassy in Serbia, as part of activities marking 100 years of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and Serbia.