Selections from the Flood Project Now Online!

By , March 30, 2012 3:57 pm

A variety of Flood Project interview clips and images are now online in the library’s Digital Collections. The interview clips and images highlight themes of rescue, community response, and flood damage in Nashville neighborhoods such as Antioch, Bellevue, and Pennington Bend.

Check out the Digital Collections to hear thrilling rescue stories, see pictures of devastating flooding, and more:

Flood Anniversary Exhibit Now at Nashville Public Library

By , November 22, 2011 12:46 pm

The Nashville Flood Anniversary Exhibit is now on display at the Nashville Public Library! You can view the exhibit in the Nashville Room on the second floor of the downtown Main library. The exhibit will be displayed at the library until the end of the year.

The Nashville Flood Anniversary Exhibit depicts the May 2010 flood and the city’s recovery with pictures, stories, and video footage. Commissioned by Mayor Karl Dean’s office and paid for by private donation, the exhibit was created in partnership with The Tennessean and 1220 Exhibits, a local museum and trade show exhibit company. The exhibit made its debut at the city’s flood anniversary ceremony Voices Rising: Remembering One Year Later at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center and then traveled to community centers that served as Disaster Information Centers after the flood.

Bellevue YMCA Site Recap

By , September 2, 2011 2:15 pm

Last weekend, library staff and volunteers recorded 32 flood interviews at the Bellevue YMCA recording site! We want to give a big thank-you to the folks who shared their stories, the staff of the Bellevue YMCA & FiftyForward J.L. Turner Center, and our volunteers for all their help in making the site a success.

If you missed the Bellevue YMCA site, we are still doing interviews for the Flood Project at the downtown Main Library. To schedule an interview, please contact Susannah Gibbons: (615) 862-5804 x 6226 or Susannah(dot)Gibbons(at)

Share Your Flood Story at the Bellevue YMCA

By , August 19, 2011 3:41 pm

Library staff and volunteers will be recording stories at the Bellevue YMCA on Friday, August 26th (9-5 pm) and Saturday, August 27th (9-5 pm).

Please contact Mary Makley to schedule an interview:

LibraryFloodStories (at) comcast (dot) net

(615) 497-7536

Bellevue YMCA Recording Station Flyer

Flood Project Update

By , July 18, 2011 2:11 pm

Interviews are still being conducted for the Flood Project. So far, 95 interviews have been conducted and people have shared over 785 flood-related photos in the Project’s Flickr site! On the Flickr site, you can see pictures from Downtown Nashville and areas such as Bellevue, East Nashville, North Nashville, and Donelson.

Project 60-Day Report Highlights

By , March 31, 2011 4:42 pm

In the past sixty days, Nashville Public Library has launched the Flood 2010 Digital History Project. Here are some project highlights:

  • NPL has successfully collaborated with 16 different organizations and agencies.
  • NPL has led 5 oral history workshops and trainings, resulting in 31 new project volunteers.
  • The first project Recording Station was set up to capture the voices of residents in North Nashville. Collaborating partners from the North Nashville/Bordeaux Restore the Dream Center led the way in assisting NPL with identifying interviewees (Feb. 22-24).
  • An additional 25 interviews were conducted in less than 60 days at the Main library’s Special Collections Center. The next Recording Station will be conducted at the Brentwood Library, April 12-16.

Flickr pool

By , December 10, 2010 3:36 pm

Over 20 people have shared their personal photos on the Flood Digital History Project Flickr Pool. The images are an amazing reminder of what Nashville has weathered. You can see photos of Richland Park greenway, Centennial Park, and other areas of town.

Take a look, and please share your own photos. And come back in Summer 2011 to take a look at the library’s photo collection.

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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