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Old Post Office Museum seeks historic flood pictures
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February 15, 2017 - ListenUpYall.com

Winnsboro, La. (Franklin Sun) — This year marks the 90th anniversary of the Great Flood of ’27, the most destructive river flood in the history of the United States.

The Old Post Office Museum will be featuring photographs and memorabilia regarding the event in its upcoming exhibit, “Flood of ’27,” opening March 23, particularly as it effected Franklin Parish and the surrounding parishes in Northeast Louisiana.

Museum Curator and Main Street Manager Kay Lafrance-Knight is seeking any old photographs or flood-related items that might be included in the exhibit.

“Of course, not everything can be used, as photographic quality doesn’t always lend itself well, but it would be wonderful to compile what we receive and share for future generations,” she said.

“We have a few pictures of downtown Winnsboro during the flood, which are particularly valuable because they can be related to and identified. That’s really the kind of item we need. History books are full of pictures of the flood in other places, but we are trying to highlight Franklin Parish and some of the surrounding area for this exhibit.”

Over 27,000 square miles were inundated with flood waters ranging up to a depth of 30 feet during the disaster. Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi were the hardest hit, with 30 parishes in Louisiana bearing the brunt of the flood. It proved to be one of the most universal, momentous events in Franklin Parish history.

The photographs will be safely kept and either returned or copied, as requested. The Old Post Office Museum is open Monday-Friday, 9-5. Call 435-3781 for more information.




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