EUGENE, Ore. - Do you have any memories or artifacts from the 1962 Columbus Day Storm?
This Saturday, the Oregon Historical Society will be at the Oregon State Fair in Salem, collecting oral histories for its upcoming exhibit on the deadliest weather event in Oregon's history.
The exhibit, dubbed "The Mightiest Wind," will open on October 12, 2012, 50 years after the most devastating storm in history hit the Pacific Northwest.
If you have a story or artifact to share, the Historical Society will be at the fair from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The program will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the Hart of the Garden, and interview signs up will take place from noon - 1 PM.
Interviews will be 15 minutes long, and space is limited. Arrive early to reserve your space.
All interviews will become a part of the Oregon Historical Society oral history collection
The society is also accepting submissions online through the OHS website.
The 1962 Columbus Day Storm brought widespread devastation to the Pacific Northwest.
Wind gusts reached 116 miles per hour in Portland, 127 miles per hour in Corvallis, and in excess of 145 miles per hour on the Oregon coast.
Eugene got off easy with peak gusts of 86 mph.
Nearly 50 fatalities were attributed to the storm, more than any other Pacific Northwest weather event in history. The storm forced portions of Oregon to rebuild their power systems from the ground up; some locations went without power for weeks.
Inside the "Mightiest Wind" exhibit, large scale artifacts including a truck and a broken telephone pole will recreate the destruction caused by the storm.
A wind machine will allow visitors to experience similar wind gusts and a green screen will offer the unique opportunity to play weatherman during Oregon's most dramatic storm.
The Oregon History Museum at the Oregon Historical Society is located at 1200 SW Park Avenue in downtown Portland. Museum hours are Monday - Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday from Noon - 5 p.m. Visitor information and a list of current exhibits can be found at WWW.OHS.ORG. General admission is $11, and admission is free for Multnomah County residents.