A hurricane will never surprise us again. But that’s what happened to the people of New England on September 21, 1938. Without any warning, the most destructive weather event ever to hit the Northeast pummeled the coast and blasted its way to Vermont and New Hampshire [4:00 Saturday, History Center] with torrential rain, flooding, and sustained winds of 100 miles per hour.
In his book, Thirty-Eight: The Hurricane that Transformed New England, Stephen Long tells the story of New England’s Katrina. A journalist and co-founder of Northern Woodlands magazine, Long focuses on the devastation to the region’s forests and the daunting challenge facing New Englanders still in the throes of the Great Depression. His presentation is richly illustrated with archival photos of storm damage and the unprecedented recovery operation.
Carl Safina wrote, “Stephen Long brings this storm alive again. And this is not just history; it’s a cautionary tale of what the future may have in store.”