Hans Oppe will speak on Gulf Coast hurricanes and their aftermath at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at the Holly History and Genealogy Center, 321 S. Main St., Waupaca.
Sponsored by the Waupaca Historical Society, the program is free and open to the public.
Oppe will explain how hurricanes develop, and show images of the devastation that occurred as a result of Hurricanes Katrina (2005), Rita (2005) and Ike (2008). He will also discuss the Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900 and show historic images of Galveston in the hurricane’s aftermath.
In addition to the featured guest speaker, the Waupaca Historical Society will recognize several groups that assisted with Hurricane Katrina relief efforts in 2005, including St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Trinity Lutheran Church, Faith Community Church, First Methodist Church and the Waupaca Chapter of the American Red Cross. These local groups will have displays showing their involvement in the relief effort.
The Waupaca Historical Society will also be opening a special exhibit, “Historic Natural Disasters of Waupaca County.” The exhibit, which runs May 1- through July 29, will feature photos from storms, tornados, flooding, and fires that have occurred over the last 100 years.
For more information, contact the Waupaca Historical Society at 715-256-9980.