As hurricane season is now underway and an impending storm looms over us this coming weekend, it is hard not to be taken back to last August and the impact of Hurricane Harvey.
Stories often serve as conveyors of our history, reminding us where we have been and possibly enlightening us on where to go from here. It was with this intent that the Houston Flood Museum, funded by the Houston Endowment, was born.
The Houston Flood Museum was initiated by a group of community writers to create a virtual space that collects and preserves stories of the traumatic, catastrophic events during and after Hurricane Harvey from Houstonians who survived the storm’s flooding. The museum will serve as a place to reflect on our shared history, to learn from it, to mourn what we have lost, and to find inspiration about how to move together into the future.
Houstonians are invited to be a part of this communal project. The Houston Flood Museum seeks oral, written, and visual narratives about the storm’s impact on you, your family, your home and work and community. These stories can be related as informal personal narratives, essays, poems, or other written genres, or as audio recordings. Photographs and video, such as home footage or mini-documentaries, are also welcome. Stories in any language are welcome.
If accepted, your story would be added to an archive (preserved in partnership with the Harvey Memories Project) and possibly published online and/or read or displayed at future events. To submit your narrative, please use this form. The deadline for the first exhibition is July 1. Rolling submissions will be accepted for future exhibitions.
If you have any questions about this project, please click here to contact the organizers directly.
May we all have a safe and flood free summer.