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Join Monmouth University Professor and oral historian Melissa Ziobro as she offers a retrospective of the devastating EF-3 tornado that swept through Mullica Hill and surrounding areas in September of 2021. How widespread was the destruction? What was it like to be in the eye of the storm? How did the community come together to rebuild? And, importantly, what lessons can we learn from this unprecedented event? This talk draws heavily from contemporary news coverage and interviews with 32 community members conducted by Ziobro for the Harrison Township Historical Society from February – June 2022.

Melissa Ziobro is the Specialist Professor of Public History in the Monmouth University Department of History and Anthropology. She is the current President of Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region, and served for many years as the editor for New Jersey Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, a joint venture of the NJ Historical Commission, Rutgers University Libraries, and Monmouth University. Melissa is also a trustee of the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation, the Ocean County Historical Society, the Monmouth County Historical Association, the InfoAge Science and History Museums at the Camp Evans National Historic Landmark, and Preservation NJ.

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This program is presented on Zoom and is provided by the NJ State Library.