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The Black River Academy Museum has opened a new permanent exhibit on the second floor, Irene’s Legacy. It is the result of a collaboration of BRAM, the 6th grade class at Ludlow Elementary School and LPCTV, made possible by a grant from the Okemo Community Challenge Fund. The class researched the effects of Hurricane Irene in the Black River Valley area using newspapers, photographs, videos and social media.
In addition to the display, which is interactive, they filmed a documentary video, “Our Community’s Perspective of Irene” which is a series of interviews with people directly affected by Irene’s flooding. Patrick Cody of LPCTV was proud that the students did a superior job using LPCTV’s green screen, organizing the video shoots and recording their guests.
Representatives from several state agencies visited the class and spoke about Irene’s affect on highways, bridges, agriculture and even future crops. While doing the research, they compared the flood of 1927 to the flood of 2011, Irene. Fascinating facts were discovered such as the number of sugar bush acres affected, 1322 acres. Many more facts, numbers and surprising information can be learned from the exhibit and the viewer will learn which flood was the worst, 1927 or 2011.
For more information about this exhibit please phone: 802-228-5050, email: firstname.lastname@example.org .