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Interview with Marsue McGinnis McShane

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Title:Interview with Marsue McGinnis McShane
Contributors:Nishimoto, Warren (interviewer)
McShane, Marsue McGinnis (interviewee)
Keywords:Natural Disasters
North Hilo (district)
Writing and Publications
Date Issued:1999
Series:Tsunamis Remembered: Oral Histories of Survivors and Observers in Hawaii Volume II
Description:Raised in Oxford, Ohio, a retired teacher recalls her parents and education, recruitment to teach in Hawaii, and trip to the Islands. She describes her first impressions of Hawaii and settling in at Laupahoehoe School. She talks about students, fellow teachers, classroom, campus, and cottage. McShane recalls April 1, 1946: the tidal wave, cottage's collapse, disappearance of roommates, her near-drowning, thoughts about dying, paddling amidst wreckage, spotting others in the water, and boat rescue by her future husband and two others. She also observes how teaching has changed over time.
teacher; Caucasian; female
Interview conducted in English.
Pages/Duration:1 hr, 30 min
28 pages
Coverage (Spatial):Kailua, Oahu
Appears in Collections: Tsunamis Remembered: Oral Histories of Survivors and Observers in Hawai‘i

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