Weather Update: Latest

Dear Folks: Looks like the meteorologists were right about the weather! Here’s the latest scheduling information for the Hamilton Flood of 1913 events:

The program scheduled for Sunday, 3.24.13 at the First United Methodist Church, 225 Ludlow Street @ 3pm, Teri Trent, “The 1913 Flood: The First Methodist Church as a Red Cross Hospital,” has been cancelled and will be rescheduled on a later date when flood tours are also rescheduled.

The Monday, 2.25.13 City of Hamilton Centennial Commemoration of the 1913 Flood, planned for noon at the Butler County Courthouse Gazebo,315 High Street, is not cancelled, but will be held inside the Butler County Courthouse.

1913 Flood Walking Tours: Weather Update

Dear Folks, Hard to believe, given today’s sunny conditions, but heavy snows are predicted tomorrow.  The following message from the Hamilton Flood of 1913, Walking Tours co-ordinator, Jack Armstrong, regarding tomorrow’s scheduled event:


Stay posted for any further weather-related schedule announcements, and keep warm!

Matthew Smith

Assistant Director, Colligan History Project

The Dam Lie That Saved Lives: Hamilton Family Stories of the 1913 Flood

Logos: Colligan History Project, 1913 Flood, and City of Hamilton

Jim Blount

Tuesday, March 26 @ 7.30 pm

Harry T. Wilks Conference Center, Miami University Hamilton

1913_Flood_HamiltonbJoin Hamilton native and historian Jim Blount when he described the 1913 Flood disaster as it happened in Hamilton and as it lives on today in the memories of Hamiltonians. Take part in a discussion of 1913 Flood family memories. See the City of Hamilton Flood Inundation map, together with images from the Rob Wile, Jack Armstrong, and Eckert Family Collections, plus Hamilton “Then & Now” images composed by Brian Lenihan.

This is a free public event. Reception to follow.

Re-imagining the Flood in 3-D

Logos: Colligan History Project, 1913 Flood, and City of Hamilton
As part of the Hamilton Flood of 1913 centennial commemoration, the City of Hamilton’s Alison Haskins, Rose Haverkos, and Chad Toussant have been developing a 3-dimensional map to explore what would happen if a flood on the scale of 1913 struck the city of today. Thanks to the remarkable engineering works put in place by the Miami Conservancy District in the wake of the flood, similar catastrophe is unlikely in the foreseeable future. That said, the City of Hamilton 1913 Flood Hamilton Map raises the powerful question of “what if” disaster were to recur, as well as providing valuable insights predicting the consequences of any future flood event.

The following animation powerfully mixes graphic depictions of the flood against a 3-D landscape of contemporary Hamilton, together with archive photographic images and recorded testimony by flood survivor Marion Hooven Renick Hallowell, recorded in 1980.

For more on the making of this video, click below to read the article by Richard O. Jones in March 21’s Hamilton Journal-News.

Hamilton’s 1913 Flood: Remembering 100 Years

Logos: Colligan History Project, 1913 Flood, and City of Hamilton


Centennial Commemoration of the 1913 Flood
Butler County Courthouse Lawn, 315 High St., noon.
City of Hamilton, Officials, Speakers, and Guests.

Monday, March 25 marks one hundred years to the day since the Great Miami Flood reached its high watermark in Hamilton. This keynote centennial commemoration is an opportunity to remember both a catastrophic event, which left hundreds dead and thousands homeless in the city, and how citizens of Hamilton and the region responded to it. Join us in officially commemorating the flood and its aftermath.

The 1913 Flood Commemoration is an initiative of the City of Hamilton and Miami University Hamilton via the Michael J. Colligan History Project. Partners include Butler County Historical Society, Butler County Courthouse, Fitton Center for Creative Arts, Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Orchestra, Hamilton Visitors Bureau, Heritage Hall, Lane Public Libraries, Partners in Prime, Cox Media Group Ohio, and many community volunteers. Special thanks to Franz Klaber Orchestra.

Remembering the 1913 Flood

Logos: Colligan History Project, 1913 Flood, and City of Hamilton


Hays Cummins, Professor, Geography and Western Program, Miami University

March 20, 2013, @ 7:00 p.m.

Miami University Hamilton Downtown, 221 High St.

Join Dr. Hays Cummins of Miami’s Department of Geography as he discusses geologic history and flooding in the Miami Valley. This program is part of the City of Hamilton’s 1913 Flood Centennial Commemoration, co-sponsored by the Michael J. Colligan History Project.

This is a free, public event. Reception to follow.