Nancy Solomon, Director of Long Island Traditions and Curator of the In Harm’s Way exhibition at LIM, will lead a guided tour of the exhibit at the Long Island Museum on Sunday, December 3rd, at 2 pm.
This exhibit focuses on Superstorm Sandy and other historic storms that have affected the region, exploring hurricanes and how communities prepare for natural disasters and rebuild after the storm.
Storms and hurricanes have a long history in upstate New York and Long Island, beginning with the September 1938 “Long Island Express” hurricane. In Harm’s Way explores how local residents and government agencies prepare and recover from natural disasters, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy and Hurricanes Lee and Irene through stories, photographs, objects, and architectural models.
The exhibit examines how individuals and families prepare for severe weather events, how communities protect their coastlines, and how these actions have changed over time. Examples of these actions will include the use of snow fencing to stabilize beaches, home elevations after recent storms including Superstorm Sandy, the creation of sea walls and storm barriers, and the creation of emergency kits to suit specific needs within a family.
In this tour, Solomon will discuss how folklorists grappled with documenting Superstorm Sandy, while families and waterfront owners, baymen and boat yard owners were trying to recover from the tragic events of October 29th, 2012. Solomon will also examine what work remains in going forwards, based on conversations with architects, planners and other community members.
Solomon has been documenting the experiences and traditions of resident and maritime tradition bearers during storms and hurricanes on Long Island, including the 1938 hurricane, Hurricane Gloria, and the 1992 nor’easters.
Solomon will also examine what work remains in going forwards, based on conversations with architects, planners and other community members.
Nancy Solomon is the executive director of Long Island Traditions and curator of the Long Island Museum’s current exhibition “In Harm’s Way.” Solomon has spent years documenting the experiences and traditions of resident and maritime tradition bearers during storms and hurricanes on Long Island.
The Long Island Museum is located at 1200 NY-25A, Stony Brook. For more information about the Long Island Museum, visit their website.
Photo of Hurricane Irene, 2011, provided.