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An Honor 100 Years in the Making

09/05/2019 07:50PM ● By Jessie Monsivais
By: Jessie Monsivais  Photo courtesy of: Jim Moloney's personal postcard collection 

Sunday, September 14, 1919, brought a storm that overwhelmed the City of Corpus Christi and forever changed the course of history. The damage of the hurricane in 1919 wiped out the Downtown Bayfront and took the lives of hundreds of Corpus Christi citizens. However, with an end came a new beginning, an inspiration for change. Infrastructure improvements such as breakwater structures and the seawall modernized our coastal City.

Local, Jim Moloney, wrote and adapted a beautiful piece, in honor of the centennial anniversary, in our September issue. You can read that full story in print now!

The 100th anniversary brings a day to recognize the milestone. On September 14, 2019, a service held in memory of those who perished begins at 8:30 am at Rose Hill Memorial Park, located at 2731 Commanche St. Following at 10:00 am, the Corpus Christi Museum of Science & History will open for a photo exhibit featuring images of the aftermath of the storm. 

Master of Ceremonies, Scott Elliff, will recount first-hand stories of family members during this the storm. Presentations by Jim Moloney, author of “1919 The Storm,” and live period actors throughout the Museum take us back in time. A 1919 Hurricane Photo Room and Theater, build-your-own hurricane activity, and a hurricane room will make the experience engaging and memorable.

CEO and President of the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History, Carol Rehtmeyer shares, “Please join us as we remember the resiliency of the Corpus Christi community 100 years after the devastating 1919 hurricane that changed the face of Corpus Christi and the surrounding area.”

“We will provide a historical approach through live period actors  re-enacting from memoirs written by those who lived through the storm, as well as a fascinating historical glimpse of the past through archival photographs from the 1919 hurricane.” 

A special admission rate of only $5.00 per person will be charged all day. Members are free.  Plan to attend these special events to remember an important day in our City’s history!

“We hope this event provides a historical understanding and encourages hurricane preparedness,” says Carol.