Katrina Oral History
Stacy Parker Aab has three posts    at Huffington Post to describe her oral history project: The Katrina Experience (project home page). The blog entries have excerpts: A 30-year old guy at a shelter. A physician from a New Orleans hospital describing how things changed in an emergency and with no technology. A woman describing how the storm surge flooded the first floor of their home in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. A couple discussing having to gut and rebuild their flooded New Orleans home. A roofer describing what it was like in the Ninth Ward during the hurricane and aftermath.
My name is Stacy Parker Aab and I’m a writer here in Houston. For the past year I have interviewed Americans about their Katrina experiences.
We talk about the hurricane and the aftermath. We talk about what it’s been like to survive, and for some, to thrive. We talk about crimes. We talk about epiphanies. We talk about their lives before. We talk about their dreams ahead.
Katrina is not over. Far from it. Therefore, I will keep chronicling the lives of those who survived. I will also talk to people whose role, or calling, is to work with survivors.
Using the Studs Terkel approach, I’ve shaped those interviews into oral history essays. I’ve posted several essays on the project website: www.thekatrinaexperience.net.
I just read in Time Magazine October 2, 2006, about another Oral History of Katrina project “Surviving Katrina and Rita in Houston by Carl Lindahl, who has survivors interviewing other survivors and documenting it. A news story about it is posted at this site:
Maybe you’ve already heard of it, but I thought you might be interested in it.