Special Collections “The Kirksville Cyclone” Exhibit to be on Display at City Event

The panel exhibit, “The Kirksville Cyclone,” will be on display at the City of Kirksville’s Sesquicentennial Event from 4-7 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Kirksville Arts Association Building. This exhibit was originally created by Truman’s Special Collections staff in the spring of 1999 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the cyclone that destroyed a large section of the city on April 27, 1899.

It is a 16-panel photo exhibit of photos of the destruction taken the day after the storm along side photos of the same sites 100 years later (1999). Text describing the destruction was composed from information in April and May 1899 issues of Kirksville’s three newspapers. A memorial to the 32 people who lost their lives is also included.

This was a popular attraction in the Library gallery for several months and was added to Special Collections’ electronic exhibit gallery when taken down. It can now be seen online at http://library.truman.edu/gallery/Tornado/tornado.htm.
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