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.
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.