Katrina, 2 years later
An ongoing entry of Katrina and Oral history.
All day recording of oral histories: “The Historic New Orleans Collection and the New Orleans Fire Department celebrate Oral History Day, collecting stories from those who were assisted by the Fire Department during and immediately after Hurricane Katrina, Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Collection, 533 Royal St.”
Do you know what it means: “After Katrina, the School of Visual Arts in New York created the Web site www.DoYouKnowWhatItMeans.org. This collaborative, educational effort strives to collect the untold stories of New Orleans residents by chronicling and preserving photographs, videos, family histories, interviews and other artifacts in an accessible and public digital archive.”
Voices After The Storm: A Memoir of Katrina: Joshua Clark was in the French Quarter during the storm, afterwards, he recorded his own thoughts and conversations with others, which is collected in this memoir called Heart Like Water: Surviving Katrina and Life in Its Disaster Zone.
Dave Eggers does Oral History A story in Australia’s The Age tells how Dave Eggers went from being novelist/non fiction writer to embracing Oral History to tell the stories of human rights crises. One book: Voices from the Storm: The People of New Orleans on Hurricane Katrina and Its Aftermath (Voice of Witness).
Podcasts: Katrina Oral Histories Burning Words Podcast Rviews presents a special edition of Katrina-related podcasts. They’re oral histories: “Stories from the Storm: Hurricane Katrina Survivors, In Their Own Words” and “The Katrina Stories Project.” Five recordings in each series. Ratings: Priceless. Looks like it’s time to grab them and have a listen! (Note: Stories from the Storm is from audible.com; it’s free, but you have to jump through some sign-up hoops and download their special player in order to hear it.)
Voices from the Gulf An online repository of stories of people’s lives, post-Katrina.
From the archives
The Digital Memory Bank “The Hurricane Digital Memory Bank uses electronic media to collect, preserve, and present the stories and digital record of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma.”
History Spared: New Orleans about the archives housed in the New Orleans Public Library
Lives Connected - Oral history accounts of people who work at an advertising agency in New Orleans
Stacy Parker Aab’s Katrina Oral History Located in Houston, Aab’s been interviewing people about Katrina.
Revive, Renew, Rebuild, Record - Two blogs about rebuilding post-Katrina, and recording oral histories
Amistad Research Center in New Orleans is profiled in the Louisiana Weekly, the center will document the diaspora.