Stories and memories keep events alive so that we might learn and become stronger and smarter for the next time we face adversity. The Center holds several oral history collections documenting events like Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Audrey, and Betsy, and the 1927 Flood. And as many know, today is the ninth anniversary of the date that Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana.
The following podcasts are a sampling of the stories held in our collections documenting those events. Listen to Frank Minyard, Gwen Ridgely, George Miller, Angel Aucoin, Cathy Chauvin, Vicky Webb, Tupie Henry, Joseph Dupont, Robert Haspel, Marshall Laborde, Ida Turcan, Vic Crawford, and Idabelle Joshua recall their collective experiences in “We Watched Everything Wash Away: Part 1 and Part 2.”
Given the talk that Dr. Craig Colten delivered on Tuesday, “Lessons Learned, Lessons Lost: Sustaining Resilience Between Disasters in Louisiana,” one can’t help but wonder what role oral history plays–or should play–in hazard management planning. Considering Dr. Colten’s points about the loss of social memory between disasters and how that loss affects resilience, as Director of the Center, I wonder what lessons are coded in the Center’s current collections and what stories not yet told might reveal. Something to ponder on this nine year anniversary.