12 years ago today: Hurricane Katrina hits the Gulf Coast. In a house being torn apart by hurricane winds, this clock stopped at 9:27 a.m. At that time, the eye wall’s ferocious eastern wind bands were just reaching out for the seaside residential community of Waveland, Mississippi.
Smithsonian collectors found the clock in a field. Nearby uprooted trees and leveled houses told the tale of what happened before and after this timepiece left the kitchen wall on which it once ticked. Today, the clock is in the museum’s collection, along with photographs documenting the affected areas, a chunk of a levee wall, a jazz clarinet, a mailbox from a home that once stood at 2005 Lizardi Street in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, and more. Why did we decide to send a team to collect after Hurricane Katrina? Hear from the curator who led the team on our blog: http://s.si.edu/KatrinaTeam (Link in profile.) If you have memories of Hurricane Katrina or Hurricane Rita, consider sharing them with the Hurricane Digital Memory Bank. To everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey, all of us here at the museum are thinking about you and sending you support in the ways that we can.
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