Disasters have lasting impacts on communities. Visitors are invited to explore the events of the 1962 Cache Valley earthquake in a new exhibit at the Merrill-Cazier Library.
Cache Valley’s story is being shared nationally as part of Disasters: The Stories We Share, an innovative exhibit that incorporates a new local story as it travels. This exhibit explores how we talk about, learn from and come to terms with destructive events and features the 5.7 magnitude 1962 earthquake.
This exhibit debuts on the 60th anniversary of the event. As time passes, personal connections to the earthquake have diminished. USU Libraries welcomes contributions like journal entries, photographs and oral histories to its archival collections to help document impacts from this and other local natural disasters.
The USU portion of the traveling exhibit was a collaboration between Jen Kirk, government information librarian; Dan Davis, photographs curator; and Blair Larsen, senior lecturer, Department of Geosciences; with copy editing by Nicole Hurst.
More information, including a story map of exhibit content, is available online at disasterexhibit.org.
Kirk is a co-principal investigator on the exhibit’s project team, led by Principal Investigator Susanne Caro, government information librarian at North Dakota State University with Ben Chiewphasa, economics and data librarian with the Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship, part of the University of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Libraries.
Sharing Stories: Disasters has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom.
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition and website, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.?
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