Several families documented the destruction wrought by the Hurricane of '38 with their home movie cameras. American Experience acquired home movies from three families.
Norman Caswell was driving eight students from the Thomas H. Clark Elementary School back to their homes in the afternoon of September 21, 1938 when a surge from the hurricane swept across the spit of land and washed the bus into the water.
On September 21, 1938, the headlines in the Boston Evening Transcript read "Czechs in Surrender" and below that: "Raging Floods Sweep N.E. [New England], 11 Dead in 4-Day Rain."
Harrison McDonald was traveling by train from Albany, New York, to Boston, Massachusetts during the 1938 Hurricane.