Coming soon will be the first anniversary of the worst storm to ever hit Hoboken. The Hoboken Museum has an exhibit as well as a commemoration event on October 29th. Read below for details….
“Hoboken: One Year After Sandy, Lessons Learned about Preparedness, Resiliency and Community” –
New Exhibit Opening Saturday, Oct. 26, Examines the Community’s Response to the Storm
Hoboken Museum and United Way of Hudson County Launch Sandy
Community Outreach Program to Help People Recover and Prepare
Hoboken Historical Museum Joins with Stevens Institute of Technology to Host Sandy Anniversary Programs on Oct. 29:
- 10 am – 12 pm: Commemoration and exhibition viewing – at the Museum
- 1 pm – 3 pm: Panel discussion – “After Hurricane Sandy: Lessons Learned for Bolstering Resilience” – at Babbio Center Auditorium
- 7 – 8:30 pm: Community Program – Hoboken: One Year After Sandy – DeBaun Auditorium
One year after Superstorm Sandy hit, Hoboken still bears the traces—some visible, some invisible. Many flooded homes have been repaired; others have not. The storm disrupted all our lives in one way or another, and the Hoboken Historical Museum has been collecting the stories and images of its impact on our community—and lessons we’ve learned—for our next exhibit.
New Exhibit on Hurricane Snady opens October 26th: On the eve of the first anniversary of the storm, through the generous support from individuals, corporate donors and community organizations and state agencies, the Museum is opening a new exhibit, “Hoboken: One Year After Sandy, Lessons Learned about Preparedness, Resiliency, and Community,” on Saturday, Oct. 26, with a free reception from 5 – 8 p.m. On the anniversary, Tuesday, Oct. 29, the Museum will team up with Stevens Institute of Technology for a full day of programs (see next page for details). The exhibit will be on view through July 6, 2014.
The exhibit incorporates a range of content—oral histories, images, videos, historic images and drainage plans, animated maps and the latest scientific and engineering analysis—to help explain how Hoboken responded and learned new lessons about coping with disasters. The exhibit explores Hoboken’s past history with flooding, the community’s experience during the storm and over the past year of recovery efforts, and looks to the future with displays on proposals for improving the city’s resiliency. It also offers visitors an opportunity to add their own stories to the archives, to learn about personal emergency preparedness, and a special area to sit and reflect on their experience.
In conjunction with the exhibit, through the auspices of the United Way of Hudson County and support from the Robin Hood Foundation, the Museum will host a Sandy Community Outreach Program (details, below) for residents affected by the storm. The program starts Oct. 17 and continues for the next six months.
Sandy Community Outreach Program:
Licensed Disaster Relief Crisis Counselor Dawn Donnelly will be available by appointment in the Hoboken Historical Museum to help Hudson County residents determine what services they may need to help with their recovery from the storm and direct them to the appropriate resources to help resolve ongoing issues. Donnelly will offer group and individual sessions in the late afternoon/early evenings.
She will also lead parent group meetings that will focus on topics such as “How to speak to children about disasters,” and are scheduled for every other Thursday, except for Halloween. The first parent session is Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the (South) Independence Conference Room in the Shipyard, 12th St. at Shipyard Ln., and is open to parents, grandparents, teachers, school administrators and counselors, and other guardians. In addition, the counselor will offer sessions to help children express their feelings and to help teens learn greater self-control.
The program is designed for anyone who may have kids who are still having anxiety or behavior issues; or experiencing financial or housing issues; or anyone concerned about being prepared for the next storm or disaster.
For more details, people can email firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a message for Dawn Donnelly at the Museum, 201-656-2240, with simply a name and contact number.
Anniversary Commemoration Events, Oct. 29:
On the anniversary of the storm, Tuesday, Oct. 29, the Museum is pleased to partner with the Stevens Institute of Technology and the United Way of Hudson County on a series of special programs. The event will open with a special commemorative event at the Museum from 10 a.m. to noon, where people can view the exhibit and learn more about the Sandy Community Outreach Program.
Then, at 1 p.m. at the Babbio Center Auditorium, at Sixth & River Sts., the public is invited to a panel discussion, “After Hurricane Sandy: Lessons Learned for Bolstering Infrastructure Resilience,” featuring Stevens professors Dr. Alan Blumberg and Dr. Michael Bruno, and representatives from the Army Corps of Engineers, NOAA, and the U.S. Coast Guard, among other experts. Click here for more information.
In the evening, at 7 p.m., at DeBaun Auditorium, Fifth St. between Hudson and River Streets, the Museum and Stevens will host “Sandy in Hoboken: Reflections on Our Community’s Experience,” a community program featuring personal stories of storm survivors and volunteers, plus information on services from United Way Counseling Services, Stevens Student Volunteer offerings, and Stevens Technical Assistance for homeowners. Dessert and coffee will follow the program.
The Sandy exhibit will also feature a lecture series involving speakers from Stevens Institute, Rutgers Graduate School, and Hoboken’s Community Emergency Response Team, among others. All talks are free and open to the public. On Sunday, Nov. 10, at 4 pm, Stevens professors Dr. Alan Blumberg and Dr. Michael Bruno will speak on the school’s research into reinforcing the city’s infrastructure resilience. On Sunday, Nov. 24, at 4 pm, the Hoboken CERT team will give a presentation on developing personal preparedness plans for sheltering in place or evacuating in emergency situations. On Sunday, Feb. 9, at 4 pm, Stevens professor Dr. Lee Vinsel will discuss social innovations that arise in disasters from a technological and social perspective.
The exhibit is made possible through funding from Hudson County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, the New Jersey Historical Commission, United Way of Hudson County, Robin Hood Foundation, Applied Companies, Bijou Properties, John Wiley & Sons, Rockefeller Development Group, and Stevens Institute of Technology. A generous outpouring of support from members and friends of the Museum also made this exhibit possible. Their names will be displayed on a donor board by the Museum entrance.
About the Hoboken Historical Museum:
Founded in 1986, the Museum’s mission is to educate the public about Hoboken’s history, diverse culture, architecture and historic landmarks. In 2001, the Museum moved into one of the oldest buildings on the waterfront, in the former Bethlehem Steel shipyard, at 1301 Hudson St., Hoboken, where it maintains a series of rotating exhibits. The Museum is open six days a week, 2 – 7 pm on Tues. – Thurs., 1 – 5 pm on Fridays, and noon – 5 pm on weekends. It offers special exhibits, tours, events and lectures, as well as educational programs for adults and children on a weekly basis. An updated schedule of events and an online catalog of many items in its collections are available at www.hobokenmuseum.org. The Museum is a nonprofit tax-exempt 501(c)3 entity.