Driftless Writing Center to Collect Stories from the Flood

VIROQUA, WI (Ben Caxton) — The Driftless Writing Center, in partnership with area libraries and the Vernon County Historical Society, is embarking on an ambitious project to collect stories from people affected by the record-breaking August 2018 flood. The flood damaged hundreds of homes and businesses, prompted evacuations, and changed the lives of thousands of southwestern Wisconsin residents. Beginning in early April and continuing through spring, DWC will host story workshops at public libraries and other community spaces throughout the Kickapoo River and Coon Creek watersheds. Residents will be invited to record their flood stories in written or audio form. With the storyteller’s permission, these narratives will be shared with other flood-affected residents and with local, state, and national policymakers and the media. The stories will also be preserved for researchers and future generations in archives online and at historical societies. Dates, times, and locations for storytelling opportunities will be posted online at www.wisconsinfloodstories.org and on DWC’s Facebook page.

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