The first decade of the 21st century has seen significant hurricane activity along the Gulf Coast. In 2010, five years after Hurricane Rita, the Museum of the Gulf Coast in Port Arthur initiated the Hurricane Retrospective Project, an effort to document the recent history of hurricanes in the southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana Gulf Coast region.

The Museum of the Gulf Coast called for photographs and personal stories from those along the Gulf Coast who lived through Hurricanes Rita and Ike. The response was tremendous with hundreds of submissions from private citizens, amateur and professional photographers, and businesses from the private and public sector. The collected images were added to the museum’s permanent archives in order to preserve the history of these events.

The culmination of the Hurricane Retrospective Project's documentary efforts is “Tropical [Im]pression: A Gulf Coast Hurricane Retrospective,” a traveling exhibition created by the Museum of the Gulf Coast and presented in partnership with Humanities Texas.

This exhibition is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Heritage Society is also funded in part by a grant from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.


Image: from The Heritage Society permanent colletion.