Personal, powerful Katrina stories preserved forever

By David Elliott - bio | email

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - Hurricane Katrina altered our landscape and turned our lives upside down. The University of Southern Mississippi's Oral History and Cultural Center has put together a CD featuring recordings of very personal stories related to the storm.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. In the case of Katrina, words paint a dramatic picture.

"For researchers and documentaries, it's phenomenal for sharing these stories through the power of the voice," Center Director Linda Van Zandt said.

The Surviving Katrina CD is divided into six sections: Heroism and Survival, An Altered Landscape, Response and Recovery, Obstacles and Issues, Coping and Lessons Learned.

USM conducted more than 400 interviews for the project.

You can learn more about the Surviving Katrina oral history by visiting the Katrina Research Center in Long Beach. That's located on the third floor of the library on the USM Gulf Coast campus.

The Center for Oral History has also posted a 10 minute clip from the CD on YouTube. Click here to listen.

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