The 1927 Mississippi River Flood

December 14, 2005 – September 4, 2006

National Museum of American History
14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

1st Floor, East Wing Floor Plan

In the spring of 1927, heavy rains swelled an already abnormally high Mississippi River, resulting in 42 major breaks in levees in seven states and the flooding of 16.5 million acres. This case explores this natural disaster through objects and images, including a Red Cross pamphlet and a lantern used during the disaster.