2007 — Memories of the Good Friday Earthquake
October 12 – December 7
On March 27, 1964 at 5:36 PM the Earth shook and buildings collapsed as a 9.2 magnitude earthquake struck Prince William Sound, south of Anchorage, Alaska. Buildings collapsed and the ground split open. The earth seemed to liquefy. My family, spread throughout Anchorage, shared the same terror. The following weeks brought a state of disaster. Damage control was in full swing as fires were put out, electricity was restored, and families tried to contact each other. My great aunt and uncle, Ede and Dewey Erickson, in the heart of the turmoil, followed the stories of many other families in the newspapers. Over 40 years passed before my great aunt Ede passed along many of the memories to me. These newspapers not only depict the tragedy of the massive earthquake that struck that Good Friday, but are a personal account of what my family endured, preserved in the notes and observations that further explain the events.
LOCATION: 2nd floor galleries
Curator: Kristin M. Johnson