Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond

HurricaneA New Exhibit By
The Louisiana State Museum

Saturday, October 23, 2010
The Presbytere, Jackson Square
New Orleans, Louisiana 

Patron Preview: 6-8 p.m.
Celebration: 8 p.m.

New Orleans has made remarkable improvements over the last nearly five years, and on Saturday, October 23, 2010, it will commemorate this milestone with the opening of Living with Hurricanes: KATRINA and Beyond, an exhibition at the Louisiana State Museum. A heartfelt celebration presented by the Museum, the Louisiana Museum Foundation, and the Friends of the Cabildo will take place in Jackson Square at 8 PM to mark the opening of the exhibition . A Patron Party will precede the event at 6 PM at the historic Presbytère in the Louisiana State Museum.

Guests in attendance at the Patron Party that evening will be the first to preview Living with Hurricanes: KATRINA and Beyond, a state of the art and technology rich exhibition funded in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation, in collaboration with and support from the Netherlands.

About the Exhibit:

“Hurricane Katrina was a watershed in American history. Never before did we watch the near total devastation of a major American city as it happened. The response and rebuilding challenged us as a nation. New Orleans and the Gulf Coast have come back renewed. The story of what happened five years ago must be remembered.”
—Douglas Brinkley, Historian

On October 26, 2010, the Louisiana State Museum in New Orleans will remember the devastation and showcase the renewal with a new exhibit years in the making. Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond opens on the ground floor of the historic Presbytere in the French Quarter’s Jackson Square. The 6,700 square-foot installation tells the stories of real people caught in the hurricane’s wrath. It tells of their rescue, recovery, rebuilding and renewal in a way certain to move both those who survived the storms of 2005 and those who watched the events unfold on TV.

Visit http://lsm.crt.state.la.us/katrina for exhibit details, the science of hurricanes, personal stories from the curatorial staff who collected artifacts of the storm—and more.