'Were You There?': Historical Museum's '62 Storm Event Set for Thursday
Plan to attend the Ocean City Historical Museum's '62 Storm presentation on March 8.
Ocean City residents and visitors have lived a lifetime minimizing the threat of hurricanes, but they know enough to fear a good nor'easter.
And the 50th anniversary of the most destructive one falls March 6 to 8.
Like most disasters, the Storm of 1962 was an unlucky combination — low-pressure systems merging to create a powerful storm that stalled off the coast as the exceptionally high tides of the spring equinox approached.
The first high tide was bad ... and five more would follow over the course of three days.
The three-day battering ripped up the Boardwalk, lifted houses off their foundations, buried streets in sand and left much of the island underwater from the beach to the bay.
The storm struck in an era before 24-hour news and advanced weather forecasting, and Ocean City went without electrical power for an extended period. For anybody who weathered it, the Storm of '62 etched an indelible memory.
The Ocean City Historical Museum is asking, "Were you there?"
On the 50th anniversary of the storm at 7 p.m. March 8, the museum will sponsor a presentation that includes a slideshow of images from the storm and personal stories of survival. The program is part of the museum's "Natives Night" series that is open to anybody with an interest in Ocean City. It will be held in the lecture room at the Ocean City Free Public Library.
The museum is asking everybody to bring personal stories, photographs, news articles and any other artifacts they have to share. Everybody is invited to a 6 p.m. reception at the museum before the presentation at the library. The museum and library are adjacent at the Ocean City Community Cultural Center at 17th Street and Simpson Avenue. For information, call (609) 399-1801.
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