KATRINA NATIONAL MEMORIAL MUSEUM
Our mission is to build a national museum in New Orleans, Louisiana to provide a place to honor those who perished in Hurricane Katrina, remember and learn from the catastrophe, and celebrate the strength of the survivors and those who came to help rebuild. In creating this international destination, we will establish a system of apprenticeship and mentoring for the youth of New Orleans in the building and landscape trades, while using cutting-edge "green" technologies
The quintessential museum artifact of KNMFM is the Katrina List, which is a spreadsheet of approximately 10,000 names with contact information collected by the museum's founder in New Orleans after the evacuation for Hurricane Katrina while thousands of residents remained trapped to face the floodwaters of the storm. Every person who was a resident of New Orleans in August 2005 had some association with someone on the Katrina List. Visitors to the museum express a wide variety of emotions when searching the list for familiar names. Some say that they are surprised to know that a member on the Katrina List failed to evacuate. Many reveal sadness because a person whom they knew on the Katrina List did not survive the aftermath of the hurricane. All express amazement about this remarkable snapshot of history. The Katrina List, hundreds of photographs, and documents of the founder comprise an unparalleled record of Hurricane Katrina that requires preservation.
Therefore, the purpose of this project is to provide a proof of concept blueprint for ensuring the preservation of the artifacts in the KNMF Museum. The project has three components.
(1) Natural Disaster Preparedness Education,
(2) KNMF Museum Exhibit Preservation, and
(3) KNMF Exhibit Computerization.
First, KNMFM will create a lesson plan template and a document of disaster preparedness protocols. The purpose of this component is to provide secondary schools with a centralized source of information for engaging students during hurricane season. Second, KNMFM will contact survivors and families of survivors from the Katrina List to get interviews and video recordings of their Katrina Stories. The purpose of this component is to create one hundred digital records with background information and post-Katrina updates. Third, KNMFM will produce two versions of the project deliverables: a comprehensive collection for the museum and a subset of that collection for free distribution to the public.