UF A special conversation on the history and fight against polio from a child’s perspective

A special conversation on the history and fight against polio from a child’s perspective

Friday, November 6, 2020

1:45 – 3:00 pm; includes time for a Q&A at the end

Zoom Webinar; Registration Required.

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Sponsored by the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida and LibraryPress@UF

This conversation between Edna Ray Black Hindson, co-author and polio survivor and Nina Stoyan-Rosenzweig, contributing editor and UF Libraries senior associate, features Edna’s personal, lifelong experience growing up with polio.

The LibraryPress@UF recently published a unique scrapbook diary of Edna’s experience with polio in the 1940s. This daily journal, written by Edna’s mother on the front-lines of the fight against the polio epidemic, describes her daughter’s journey in her daughter’s voice, through the pain and loneliness of her life-changing illness.

With the recent pandemic, the story of polio—complete with the work to develop a vaccine, how our world responded together, and the individ­ual stories of those with polio—is all the more relevant. Edna and Nina continue to share this story through presentations to bring continued awareness to the importance of the polio vaccine.

To make this unique piece of history available for a wide audience, the book is currently available for free download from the UF Digital Collections and is purchasable as a print-on-demand volume through University of Florida Press.

Free PDF online at UF Digital Collections:


Or order a print copy through University of Florida Press: https://upf.com/book.asp?id=9781944455095

A complimentary custom bookplate signed by the author can be requested at