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Hurricane Digital Memory Bank: Preserving the Stories of Katrina, Rita, and Wilma
Site focused on the historic Gulf Coast storms of 2005.
Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

This project is a joint effort of George Mason University's Center for History and New Media and the University of New Orleans, in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution. It features first-hand accounts, on-scene images, blog postings, and podcasts that create a digital record of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma.
This interactive site is very well-designed, interesting, and easily navigated. The top navigation bar offers access to the major areas of the site. Using the graphic links on the main page, visitors can also jump right to the forms for adding content. The site is also fully searchable by keyword.

This digital memory bank offers many first-hand accounts and individual responses to the storms of 2005 that hit the Gulf Coast of the United States. Included are stories, images, audio files, a collection of photos from the Smithsonian, and a video of St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana. Users can browse the stories, images, and other files by clicking on the appropriate link in the top navigation bar. Within this section is also an interactive map, which offers users the opportunity to select images and stories based on where the contributor is from. Forms are available for anyone to contribute their files to the archive.



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