Project Press Release

By , October 10, 2010 4:44 pm

Mayor announces city-wide oral history project to document the events of the May flood

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mayor Karl Dean today announced that the Nashville Public Library will lead a city-wide digital history project to document the events of the May flood that devastated large portions of Nashville and Davidson County.

The Public Library will partner with local institutions along with several community based organizations and Metro Agencies from around the city to collect and organize individual accounts, photographs, videos and other materials to serve as the definitive historical record of the Flood of 2010. The historical collection will be made available through a web portal that will be housed and maintained by the Public Library so that scholars and historians will have permanent access to the information.

“Six months ago doesn’t feel like history to any of us yet, especially as we continue to work on the city’s recovery,” Dean said. “But it’s important that we begin work now to preserve information about the flood, which will no doubt be viewed for decades to come as a historic event that forever changed our city. The Public Library is the absolute right entity to lead this effort. I look forward to participating in the project and having the opportunity to review the materials when the project is complete.”

The mayor made the announcement during the Nashville Downtown Partnership’s Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon today where he and Metro employees were honored for their service to the city during the historic natural disaster. Donna Nicely, director of the Nashville Public Library, was presented with a copy of a video the Downtown Partnership produced about the impact of the flood on downtown to be included in the project.

“It is the mission of the library to preserve and share across generations the wisdom, culture, and history of our community,” Nicely said. “This Flood 2010 Digital Project will be the historical record of what happened, as told by the people who lived through it.”

The Public Library will be seeking and training volunteers to gather oral histories and digitize photographs and other memorabilia. The collection will be unveiled during the summer 2011. More information is available online at

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