The Recent Louisiana Disasters Oral History Project

This project (part of a larger study on Louisiana response to recent disaster) records and preserves individual and community memories of recent Louisiana disasters. It includes oral history interviews about major incidents and their effect on various communities in Louisiana that were taken at community collection events (known as "History Harvests") and a podcast series, written and produced by students. Interviews were collected under the direction of Dr. Liz Skilton, with the help of Public History and History undergraduate, graduate, and alumni from the Department of History at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The interviews collected provide valuable insight into how Louisianans react to disasters such as floods and mass casualty incidents and how these disasters shape individuals and communities years after their impact.

New! -- Memories of the 2016 Floods at 2 Years

Memories of the Grand 16 Theater Shooting Incident

This collection includes interviews taken at the two-year anniversary of the Grand 16 Theater Shooting Incident (July 2015) in Lafayette, LA.

Memories of the 2016 Floods

This collection includes interviews taken at the one-year anniversary of the 2016 Louisiana Floods in Lafayette, Baton Rouge, and Denham Springs/Livingston Parish, Louisiana.

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