Institute Publishes Book on 1957 Fargo Tornado

parsleyJamie Parsley, Associate Poet Laureate of North Dakota, weaves a heartbreaking story of the 1957 Fargo Tornado of loss, poetry, pain, faith and, ultimately, renewal, and gives voice to those victims who, before now, were unable to speak for themselves. Fargo, 1957 is the story of the resilience and fortitude of the people who survived the storm and those who did not.

In the early evening of Thursday, June 20, 1957, a tornado struck the city of Fargo, North Dakota. When it was done, ten people lay dead (three more would later die from their injuries), a city was devastated and countless lives would never be the same. Among the dead were two relatives of Jamie Parsley.

In addition to the poetry of Parsley are numerous photographs taken of the event, most from the photographic collections of the Institute for Regional Studies, together with images taken by Parsley or acquired from the families affected by this tragic event.

The price is only $20.00, plus $4 shipping. Mail orders may be sent to the Institute for Regional Studies, NDSU Dept. #2360, P.O. Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108-6050; or call 701-231-8338. A convenient order form is available at the Institute web site.

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Fargo 1957, An Elegy by Jamie Parsley
ISBN 978-0-911042-73-3
Copyright 2010
156 pages