July 25, 2014  

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Katrina Research Center to Reflect on Hurricane Katrina with Special Event

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Solveig Wells

Reflecting on the impact made by Hurricane Katrina on the Mississippi Gulf Coast eight years ago, the Katrina Research Center (KRC) at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus will present Patchwork and Tales: Two Women Reflect on Katrina. The Hurricane Katrina anniversary event will be held Thursday, Aug. 29 at 5:30 p.m. in the KRC, located on the third floor of the library on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Patchwork and Tales will feature the story and an exhibit of Hurricane Katrina recovery quilts created by the late Solveig Wells. In addition to the quilts, Claire Boggs Morrison of Long Beach will discuss stories of her family’s home, known as Boggsdale, which encountered Hurricanes in 1915, 1947, Camille (1969) and Katrina.

After walking among the debris left by Hurricane Katrina, Wells found scraps of her quilting fabric among the sand. Using the weathered and well-worn fabric pieces, Wells created 55 unique quilts that would tell the story of the hurricane’s impact and the coast’s recovery. The presentation of the quilts, along with their history, will be shared by Wells’ husband.

Morrison will provide an oral history of her family’s Long Beach home, which stood for more than 100 years before Hurricane Katrina’s damaging presence on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Both presentations will show how a storm can affect the fabric of an individual’s life.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Southern Miss Katrina Research Center at 228.214.3423 or email krc@usm.edu.