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Twin tornadoes sweep along U.S. 33 near Dunlap, Ind., on April 11, 1965. (Paul Huffman/Truth file photo)
1965 Palm Sunday tornadoes to be commemorated by Historical museum
Posted on April 4, 2014 at 1:51 p.m.

ELKHART – An event commemorating the 49th anniversary of the 1965 Palm Sunday tornado outbreak will kick off an effort to gather Elkhart County residents’ memories of the tragedy.

The Elkhart County Historical Museum will host a presentation 1 p.m. Sunday, April 13, reflecting on that weekend when four F-4 rated tornadoes ripped through the county, killing 60 people and injuring countless others, according to Patrick McGuire, curator of education at the museum.

McGuire’s presentation Sunday will be “almost like a news report,” he said, detailing what happened and how the community reacted in the days following.

The museum will also collect written memories of the tornadoes in anticipation of next year’s 50th anniversary.

“It’s one of the big things that really everybody remembers, and with it being almost 50 years ago, we know that if we don’t collect some of those memories now they’re going to be gone fairly soon,” McGuire said.

Those recorded memories may be used in an exhibit at the museum next year.

Those who would like to submit their own experience with the tornado outbreak can mail them to the Elkhart County Historical Museum, P.O. Box 434, 304 W. Vistula Street, Bristol, or email them to

The commemoration event will be at the museum.