June 6, 2013 - August 31, 2013
Many people have lived through a disaster. This past winter, in 2013, a powerful storms cut off power and closed roads, leaving many in jeopardy for days and in some cases weeks. Older generations can still recollect, with crystal clarity, the tornado that ripped through Worcester County in 1953, tossing cars up in the air like toys, leveling buildings, uprooting trees, and blowing out the power grid. The Worcester community continues to mourn the loss of the brave firefighters who died in the line of duty in the Cold Storage fire in 1999. Disasters can happen at any time, wreaking random destruction and upending lives. This exhibit highlights some cataclysmic events that have affected Worcester and explores how its citizenry has rallied time and again to heal and strengthen community.