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MEMPHIS, TN – March 13, 2013 – The Cotton Museum is hosting a book discussion with local author Patrick O’Daniel on the evening of March 28. He’ll be discussing his newest publication, When the Levee Breaks: Memphis and the Mississippi Valley Flood of 1927. The event is free and open to the public and features a complimentary Museum tour and reception.
Among the countless miles of damage caused by the Mississippi Flood of 1927, the homeless and displaced masses of the Mississippi Valley looked toward Memphis as a beacon of hope. As thousands of refugees poured into the city, Memphians opened their hearts and extolled feats of charity that could fill volumes. In When the Levee Breaks, Patrick O’Daniel traces the events of the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and the crucial role Memphis played in its aftermath. From heroic rescues to maltreatment within the refugee camps, O’Daniel paints a complete picture of man struggling against nature both within and without. Follow along as the receding waters propel Herbert Hoover into the national spotlight and Mayor Rowlett Paine becomes an unlikely leader.
Patrick O’Daniel is a professional librarian in Memphis. He worked for the Memphis Public Library and Information Center for over sixteen years, spending nine years in the history/social sciences department working with archival and genealogical collections. He has a master’s degree in history from the University of Memphis and a master’s degree in information sciences from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He also studied at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University in Birmingham.
This discussion is part of the Cotton Museum’s expanded Education Program, offering discussions led by authors and historians, special events and tours, and supplementary exhibits for both children and adults.
The event will be held at the Cotton Museum (65 Union Avenue) at 5pm on March 28, 2013, and is free and open to the public.