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Hurricane of 1938

Image of a chicken and a man standing near the rubble of a chicken barn after the Hurricane of 1938

On September 21, 1938, the worst storm to ever hit New England cut a wide swathe of destruction in the region, causing massive storm surges and flooding that killed over 700 souls.  Boats, cars, trains, crops, livestock, trees, and hundreds of thousands of buildings and homes sustained damage or were swept away.   Most people were unprepared for the strength of the badly-forecasted Category-3 hurricane, which saw sustained winds of over 120 mph and gusts of 186 (before the recording equipment at Blue Hill broke).

Join us at our March 10 meeting to learn more about “The Hurricane of ’38” and its aftermath, presented by Michael Maler of Historic New England.  He is the Metro-Boston Regional site Administrator for HNE, overseeing the daily operations of eight of the organization’s 38 historic properties.  Active in the New England museum community, Michael holds an art history degree from Duke University and a Master’s degree in Museum Studies from Harvard University, where he teaches at the graduate level.