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Remembering Buffalo Creek February 26, 1972. Stewart Plein Special Collections Librarian West Virginia University College of Law. The Flood. Part 1. February 26, 1972. Saturday morning, 8:00 a.m .

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Remembering buffalo creek february 26 1972

Remembering Buffalo Creek February 26, 1972

Stewart Plein

Special Collections Librarian

West Virginia University College of Law


The flood

The Flood

Part 1


February 26 1972

February 26, 1972

Saturday morning, 8:00 a.m.

Families were home. Mothers were cooking breakfast. Fathers were sleeping. Children were beginning to rise.

Most were still in their pajamas, unaware of the approaching water.

The only warning came from neighbors as they ran up the mountainside to escape.

Most never knew what was coming.

Many were swept away still inside their homes.


Remembering buffalo creek february 26 1972

125 killed, 4,000 left homeless, 1,100 injured 502 houses and 44 mobile homes demolished943 houses and mobile homes damaged 1,000 cars and trucks destroyedProperty damage estimated at $50 million

After the flood . . .


Property destruction estimated at 50 million

Property destruction estimated at $50 million.


Entire houses were swept downstream

Entire houses were swept downstream


Bridge at lundale

Bridge at Lundale


Remembering buffalo creek february 26 1972

Logan County, WV


The symposium wvu college of law february 25 26 2014 part 2

The Symposium:

WVU College of Law, February 25-26, 2014

Part 2


Willard lorenson dean college of law

Willard Lorenson, Dean, College of Law


Remembering buffalo creek february 26 1972

The Realization


Remembering buffalo creek february 26 1972

Dennis Prince et al v. The Pittston CompanyJustice v. The Pittston CompanyThe Mountain State v. The Pittston Company

The Symposium


Symposium goals

Symposium Goals

  • Educate our students

  • To present the positions of both the plaintiff and defense attorneys with a balanced approach

  • Provide a first hand opportunity for our students to learn from the attorneys on both sides of a landmark case

  • Examine the legacies of Buffalo Creek

  • Gather together the key personnel to preserve their actions and memories

  • To create an historical document for the future


Beyond our borders

Beyond our Borders

Multidisciplinary Outreach:

  • Appalachian Studies Community

  • History

  • Social Sciences

  • Medical Community

  • Law Community


The program tuesday february 25

The ProgramTuesday, February 25

  • 7:00 p.m. Lugar Courtroom

  • Film Screening by Mimi Pickering, Appalshop documentary filmmaker

  • Two films:

  • Buffalo Creek Flood: Act of Man

  • Buffalo Creek Revisited


Wednesday february 26

Wednesday, February 26

1. Dennis Prince et al v. The Pittston Company

Gerald Stern

  • Lead plaintiff attorney

  • Author

  • Keynote Speaker


Wednesday february 261

Wednesday, February 26

2. Justice v. The Pittston Company

Judge Philip Gaujot

  • Guardian Ad Litum for the Court

  • Precedence of Children’s Rights


Wednesday february 262

Wednesday, February 26

3. The Mountain State v. The Pittston Company

Jack Spadero

Mine Health and Safety Expert

Environmental Legacy


Wednesday february 263

Wednesday, February 26

Closing Comments

Dr. Kai Erikson

Sociologist

Author:

Everything in its Path

Loss of Community


Librarians as co creators

Librarians as Co-Creators

  • Genesis of idea

  • Gather support from faculty and administration

  • Plan program

  • Invite Speakers

  • Arrange accommodations

  • Fundraising

  • Publicity and marketing


Selected resources

Selected Resources

  • Film:

  • Appalshop: http://appalshop.org/ for live streaming of Mimi Pickering's Buffalo Creek films.

  • Web:

  • West Virginia Division of Culture and History: http://www.wvculture.org/history/buffcreek/bctitle.html

  • Voices of Buffalo Creek The Charleston Gazette: http://www.wvgazette.com/static/series/buffalocreek/

  • Buffalo Creek Disaster Marshall University: http://www.marshall.edu/library/speccoll/virtual_museum/buffalo_creek/html/

  • Books:

  • Buffalo Creek Disaster by Gerald M. Stern

  • Everything in its Path by Dr. Kai Erikson

  • Buffalo Creek: Valley of Death by Dennis Deitz & Carlene Mowery.


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