Chances are, most of our readers are too young to remember the 1937 Ohio River flood, but the catastrophic rains that began on a late-January Sunday 75 years ago remain an indelible part of the area’s cultural memory. On a relatively dry Thursday, January 26, however, historian Robert Reid will discuss the flood and its effects at the University of Louisville.
Reid, a retired University of Southern Indiana history professor, will discuss “Twentieth Century’s Katrina: The Great Flood of 1937” at 6:00 p.m. in Room W104 of Ekstrom Library on the Belknap campus. The presentation is part of the opening reception for the UofL Photographic Archives’ exhibit commemorating the flood. For the exhibit, Photographic Archives unearths (dries out?) images from its extensive collection of photos from the event, including aerial photos taken by the Indiana Air National Guard as well as photos taken by renowned photographer Margaret Bourke-White for Life magazine.
The talk and reception—which will take place from 5:00 to 7:00—are free and open to the public. The exhibit runs weekdays through March 9. For more information, call 852-6752.
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Photo: Courtesy UofL Photographic Archives