Friday, December 02, 2005


Smithsonian collecting Katrina artifacts

The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, which came to the Gulf Coast in September to collect Hurricane Katrina artifacts, plans another trip in December to seek more.During the initial trip, staff members took more than 900 photographs and collected 20 objects related to the hurricane, including a cot and a New Orleans Hornets basketball banner from the Superdome, which served as an evacuation center for thousands, a sign reading "Have We Been Forgotten" from Houma and a kitchen clock that stopped at 9:25 that was found in a field in Waveland, Miss.

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What kind of objects would they want to keep?

I understand photographs, but ... what? Moldy furniture? Muddy plasma televisions? Soggy books?

The one thing they ought to save to get a sense of the thing is the stench.
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