Thursday, June 3, 2010

Living With Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond

When Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana and Mississippi the morning of August 29, 2005, the storm caused absolutely devastating large-scale destruction. The levees failed and their collapse flooded 80 percent of the city of New Orleans. By the time the waters receded and the survivors regrouped, Katrina, and then Hurricane Rita, had claimed more than 1,400 lives and the dreams of hundreds of thousands.

Now five years later a new, $7.5 million, 6,700 square-foot exhibit titled
Living With Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond, will tell the stories of real people caught in the hurricane’s wrath. It tells of their rescue, recovery, rebuilding and renewal in a way that is certain to move both those who survived the storms and those who watched them unfold on television.

The exhibit will have a series of galleries featuring sound, video and computer graphics, and it opens this fall (October 26) at the
Louisiana State Museum in New Orleans.

Check out this promotional, yet very moving clip of coastal Louisiana's history and the events that led to the idea as well a what to expect when you visit the exhibit.

For me this is an absolute must-see! I hope you'll also make it a point to visit the exhibit should your travels take you there.