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HGF Program – Casey Edward Greene
March 4, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Those Who Fell: Identifying Victims of the 1900 Storm
The 1900 Storm destroyed Galveston, Texas, and claimed upwards of 8,000 lives on Galveston Island and hundreds more on the mainland. This disaster ranks as the deadliest natural event in the history of the United States. In the months after September 1900, newspapers and published accounts printed often conflicting lists of victims. None of these lists is complete. They contain many misspelled names. Many more names were rendered phonetically. The process of establishing who died in the 1900 Storm thus becomes a process of unraveling the names and comparing them to genealogical sources.
For the past several years, Casey Edward Greene at the Rosenberg Library in Galveston has been engaged in extensive research to establish the identities of the Storm’s victims. He is checking their names against Galveston city directories, the federal census, and other sources, Demographic data about each decedent, such as residential address and nativity, is being entered in an Access database. The database will eventually be placed online and will fully searchable by the general public. To date, Greene has entered 4,100 names.
The presentation will examine the 1900 Storm and its casualties, provide selected examples of identified victims, evaluate research tools being used in the project, and outline research methodology. The presentation will also stress the importance of remembering those who died. The unwitting sacrifice of those who died resulted in technological improvements, including the seawall and the grade raising, that today protect the city of Galveston from a massive loss of life in hurricanes.
Casey Edward Greene is the Rosenberg Scholar at the Rosenberg Library in Galveston.
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