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Museum Exhibit Marks Tornado Anniversary

Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History

May 15, 2012

Storm Stories: Path of Fury, a multi-media exhibition that looks back at the June 1, 2011 tornado, will be on view from June 1 through October 28 at the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History at the Quadrangle in Springfield. Admission to the history museum will be free for everyone on June 1.

Storm Stories: Path of Fury is sponsored by MassMutual Financial Group.

Developed in collaboration with New England Public Radio, The Republican and MassLive, and WGBY Public Television for Western New England, the exhibition will include audio interviews with area residents who lived through the storm, news photos of the damage, video footage documenting the event, and a large graphic display with photos showing the path of the F3 tornado.

Hundreds of people saw their lives dramatically change in a few brief minutes as a result of the tornado that ripped a 39-mile swath through nine towns across western and central Massachusetts, leaving destruction and even death in its wake.  Recorded interviews by the staff of New England Public Radio will look back at what happened and provide updates from people who experienced the storm first hand. Visitors to the exhibition will have the opportunity to write down their own storm stories, and these recollections will be added to the museum archives.

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