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UWPlatteville exhibit marks tornado anniversary
Reception on anniversary, display open through July
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To mark the one-year anniversary of the EF-2 tornado that swept through the UW–Platteville campus June 16, a special exhibit will be on display in the Ullsvik Hall Harry and Laura Nohr Gallery through July 25.

A gallery opening will be held on Tuesday, June 16 from 3:30 to 5 p.m., and is free and open to the public.

The exhibit will include photographs, video, a book of first-hand accounts from the tornado and a Memorial Park display.

“It is important to mark the anniversary of the tornado,” said Sherry Nevins, dean of students at UW–Platteville and chair of the after-action tornado committee. “I think it is an opportunity to bring closure to an event which in the aftermath of response and recovery saw many, many individuals rise to the occasion of making a difference. It will always be a part of our history.”  

The tornado and another EF-1 tornado on Platteville’s north side were the first two tornadoes to hit Platteville in 44 years. The EF-2 tornado did an estimated $16.8 million in damage on campus, and forced the closing of the campus for two days.

Chancellor Dennis J. Shields will speak at the exhibit opening at 4 p.m.