Hurricane Camille Commemoration Program at Oakland Museum.
Ed Tinsley, a Virginia State Trooper who was one of the first to respond to the disaster and kept an audio diary of his experiences. Tinsley will speak and show slides of Camille on Saturday, August 17 at 1:00 p.m. and again at 2:15 p.m. at the museum, located at 5365 Thomas Nelson Highway, Arrington (on U.S. 29, about three miles south of Lovingston). Trooper Tinsley spent hundreds of hours in Nelson County helping with search and recovery efforts in the wake of Camille, recording his recollections and taking photos of what he witnessed. He was a trooper for 45 years, the only Virginia state trooper to achieve that length of service. He has made presentations on Camille dozens of times to community organizations and schools, donating any income from these presentations to the museum. On August 17, Oakland will also present “Voices and Photos of Camille,” a new 13-minute slideshow that uses an audio documentary by WVTF public radio as a soundtrack for photos mainly taken in the immediate aftermath of the event. It will play continuously in Oakland’s Camille exhibit room. The documentary accompanying the slideshow features the voices of Nelsonians who experienced Camille. They include then-School Superintendent Henry Conner, Warren Raines (who, together with his brother Carl, survived the flood but suffered the loss of their parents and siblings), then-county Supervisor Cliff Wood, and six other county residents.
The August 17 event will be held rain or shine. It will take place in a large tent unless weather forces it inside. If moved inside, a third presentation will be offered at 3:30 pm. Call 434-263-8400 for last minute information.
There is no charge for the event but free-will donations to support the museum will be appreciated. The Museum will be open from 10AM to 4PM.