katrina1This weekend will mark the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall east of New Orleans; it was the catalyst for immediate and long-term suffering on the part of Gulf Coast residents. To add insult to injury, Hurricane Rita struck southwestern Louisiana a few weeks later.

The Hurricane Digital Memory Bank (HDMB) is the largest online archive of Katrina and Rita materials. Over time its collections have grown to include over 25,000 items, ranging from documents and reminiscences to artwork, photographs, and video. The HDMB is the product of a partneership between the Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University, the University of New Orleans,  and other national and Gulf Coast area partners.

In 2007, HDMB received the Award of Merit for Leadership in History Award at the American Association of State and Local History’s annual conference in Atlanta.