'It Gonna Be There With Me'

As the Gulf Coast holds its collective breath in preparation for Tropical Storm Gustav, it does so with an eerie sense of deja vu: It was exactly three years ago today that Hurricane Katrina made its devastating landfall.

The Digital Reference Team at the Library of Congress has updated the Today in History page for Aug. 29 in acknowledgment of that anniversary. The page includes many compelling historical resources about New Orleans, the Gulf states, hurricanes and related topics.

And it begins with haunting personal recollections from Storycorps (an oral-history project that is archived in the Library’s American Folklife Center):

I don’t b’lieve that was no dream. And you know what? It’s gon’ linger with us, it’s gon’ be with us, until the rest of my life i’ gone, y’know, it gonna linger, it gonna be there with me.

(Thanks, Colleen!)

UPDATE: The Preservation Directorate has launched a new Web page, “Learning From Katrina,” which deals with preservation issues in the wake of disasters. The page is here.

UPDATE 2: The Geography and Map Division has updated its “Places in the News” page with an Atlantic hurricane tracking chart.


  1. Chedstone
    August 29, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    I think one of the reasons that personal recollection is so haunting is because it’s so effing difficult to read. Holy god..do people really talk like that?

  2. Diane
    September 18, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    Hi, Matt,

    Family Tree Magazine’s Genealogy Insider Blog gave you an “I Heart Your Blog” award. I enjoy reading your posts!

    We’ve listed you on our blog at http://blog.familytreemagazine.com/insider/I+Heart+Awards.aspx You can also get the award button and rules there.


  3. Alex
    May 8, 2009 at 4:28 am

    We will see…

  4. NIMS
    September 7, 2009 at 2:18 am

    I was just thinking about ‘It Gonna Be There With Me and you’ve really helped out. Thanks!

Add a Comment

This blog is governed by the general rules of respectful civil discourse. You are fully responsible for everything that you post. The content of all comments is released into the public domain unless clearly stated otherwise. The Library of Congress does not control the content posted. Nevertheless, the Library of Congress may monitor any user-generated content as it chooses and reserves the right to remove content for any reason whatever, without consent. Gratuitous links to sites are viewed as spam and may result in removed comments. We further reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to remove a user's privilege to post content on the Library site. Read our Comment and Posting Policy.

Required fields are indicated with an * asterisk.