April 2, 2013

On March 26-27, 1913, Culver Military Academy made headlines when a group of cadets, faculty, and staff rescued 1,500 people from the flooded streets of Logansport, Ind.

The story of the dramatic rescue effort – and the flood of “near-biblical proportions” which necessitated it – will be shared through a special audio-visual presentation Saturday, April 13. The presentation will be at 10 a.m. at the Culver Academies Museum & Gift Shop, 102 S. Main St., Culver.

Museum curator Jeff Kenney will combine a host of photographs (many rare or previously unseen) of the rescue effort and the flood in general, with a narrative on the devastation wrought by the flood and first-hand accounts of Culver’s role in saving lives.

The program accompanies a special exhibit on Culver’s role in the flood – which gave the school its famed Logansport Gate, the 1914 gift from the grateful city of Logansport – that includes artifacts from the event and more information.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 574-842-8842, email museum@culver.org, or visit the museum’s website.

Eyewitness accounts of the flood rescue effort are also online (from Bob Hartman’s 1994 collection of eyewitness accounts of Culver’s rescue efforts, “Logansport: The Flood, March 1913”) at Culver’s Digital Vault.

The upcoming issue of Culver Alumni Magazine will also carry a special feature on the Logansport Flood and how it shaped what the school has become today.

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