Program on Nelson County Before and After Camille Set for April 7
The Nelson County Historical Society will present a program on "Nelson County Before and After Camille" at its annual meeting on Sunday, April 7 at 2 p.m. at the Nelson Center in Lovingston. The program is free and open to the public.
The program will feature two short video documentaries that show photos of two communities affected by the flood. Aerial photos taken in 1967 will be shown along side post-Camille 1969 aerials and on-the-ground photos taken in the first few days after the deluge. This "flyover-and-zoom-down" will focus on Tyro and Edes Hollow (Muddy Creek). The video project is ongoing and will include many other communities impacted by Camille as stories are researched to interpret these rare photographs. The videos will be available for viewing at Oakland Museum.
The program will be presented by Dick Whitehead, whose father Bill was sheriff of the county during the Camille emergency and recovery efforts. Jane Raup, whose father Cliff Wood led the local response to Camille, will staff a table with documents related to Camille in the Society's collections. Attendees can also order an upcoming book of photos of 18 areas of the county most affected by Camille’s floods and landslides the Society will publish in August.
A short business meeting to elect officers and new members of the Board of Directors of the Historical Society will be held as well.
Upcoming programs will cover the local response to the Camille emergency (April 28), the meteorological causes and geological impact of Camille (May 19), critical assistance from outside the county (June 23), and a memorial service for the victims of the flood (Aug. 18).
The Nelson Center is located on U.S. 29, Thomas Nelson Highway, just south of Lovingston. For further information call 434-263-8400.