Learn About the 1913 Flood with an exhibit and talk at the LibraryThe exhibit will be in the first floor display case March 1 through April 30, 2013. Library Hours: Monday through Thursday* 10 am to 8 pm, Friday 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday 1 pm to 5 pm, and the *4th Thursday of each month noon to 8 pm
Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at 7:00pm, in conjunction with the exhibit, Robert Verplank, a local engineer and Rotarian, will present a talk about the 1913 flood and its impact on the country. Mr. Verplank had his interest rekindled on the subject by science writer Trudy Bell in the March 2011 Rotarian magazine with her article on the 1913 flood in Dayton Ohio. Mr. Verplank had never before thought of the 1913 flood in any other place except Lafayette and West Lafayette Indiana. The presentation will include before, during, and after scenes of that flood of the Wabash River that peaked in the greater Lafayette area on March 26, 1913. Bits and pieces about long gone families, their businesses, and lives entwined with the River will be part of the presentation all done with locally gathered images photographed a 100 years ago. Mr. Verplank’s talk will be in the West Lafayette Public Library’s Elm & Walnut Rooms.