On Sept. 21, 1938, a major hurricane wreaked havoc along the eastern seaboard, especially in New England. Connecticut lost over 680 lives from this storm and Hartford was flooded so badly that the Park River was buried under the city so such an occurrence would not happen again. After the 1938 hurricane, the Granby school district, along with many others, had students record what they remembered from the storm. Below are excerpts of how students who attended the one-room schools in Granby described the 1938 hurricane.
The Seashore After the Hurricane
These are just a few examples of children preserving their memories of the historic 1938 hurricane; saved so we can reflect on our past to understand our present.
Effects of Covid-19 Pandemic
In the May 2020 issue of the Granby Drummer, Carol Laun, a member of the Salmon Brook Historical Society, asked Granby students to write about the Covid-19 pandemic.
Laun asked: “How has the pandemic affected your life? How is your family coping with the ‘stay at home’ scene for work and school? What do you miss? How did you pass the time? Your participation will become a part of Granby history. We encourage children to draw pictures or write stories about the changes in their lives. The children of today will tell their children and grandchildren how it was to live through the 2020 pandemic.”
As you have read, we still have those hurricane student reports from over 80 years ago and would like to continue to include the perspective of Granby students and children in our archives at the Salmon Brook Historical Society
We ask Granby students to continue to send their thoughts on the pandemic, whether in writing or a drawing, to Salmon Brook Historical Society, P.O. Box 840, Granby, CT 06035. We encourage teachers to ask students, and parents to ask their children, to participate. This is just one way of recording history for future generations.
Want to read more students accounts of the 1938 flood or find out how Granby survived the 1955 flood or the blizzard of 1888? Join the Salmon Brook Historical Society by calling 860-653-9713 or visiting salmonbrookhstoricalsociety.com