Fredericksburg Flood of 1942, 75th Anniversary

A new exhibit titled “Fredericksburg Flood of 1942, 75th Anniversary” open at the Fredericksburg Area Museum (FAM) beginning on October 1.  This exhibition is a combination of a short video, still photographs and graphics showing the effects the flood had on Fredericksburg and Falmouth.  The video was produced by amateur filmmaker Jim Gaston, a FAM volunteer and Falmouth resident, and includes a combination of color and black & white home movie footage and still photographs captured by local residents.  The accompanying narration is a collection of stories captured from the Free Lance-Star and the Mary Washington College Bullet newspapers.  Research and historical media for this exhibit were found in the archives of the Central Rappahannock Heritage Center, Fredericksburg Area Museum, Rappahannock Regional Library Virginia Room and Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc..  Fredericksburg residents were helpful in identifying several individuals shown in the video so they could be named in the video.

This exhibition connects the FAM’s current exhibition, World Aflame: A Hometown in Two World Wars to its upcoming exhibition, Water/Ways (Smithsonian Institute’s Museum on Main Street exhibition on loan in January 2018) through an exploration of the current events surrounding residents in 1942.

Join the FAM for an opening reception on October’s First Friday (October 6) at 5:00 PM featuring light hors d’oeuvres and beer and wine available for purchase.  Members receive one complimentary beverage and discounts.  A movie screening of “TBD” will begin in Market Square at 7:00 PM and is free and open to the public