Traveling Exhibits

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The Lewis Henry Morgan Institute’s "One Second" Exhibit Series explores the stories of crash victims across New York State. These forensic-style exhibits focus on high-risk factors such as: the combination of driving and alcohol and/or drug use, excessive speed, and distractions, such as phone use and texting while driving. In addition, the importance of seat belt use is underscored in cases where a lack of seat belt use greatly increased the severity of a victim’s injuries or contributed to a victim’s death.

“The power lies in the telling of the lives of the victims... the timeline of the crash where you see how a series of easily-made decisions has a terrible result.”
– Dr. Andrew Wolfe, Executive Director

Each exhibit includes:

  • Artifacts: Personal items from the crash victims, such as: photographs, clothes, drawings and sports equipment
  • Statements: Accounts from survivors, family members, friends and members of the community affected by the crash
  • Newspapers: Local news coverage of the crash
  • Timelines: The chain of events leading up to the crash and the events immediately following
  • Aftermath: Victim’s statements read at trial and the outcome of any court proceedings available at the time of the exhibit’s creation

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"I am a teacher at Eastridge High School and was a teacher of Henry Rivera.  I chose to view your exhibit privately rather than with students because it was very emotional for me, as a teacher and as a parent.  The exhibit was very well presented, combining just the right mix of information and emotion.  Our students have been bombarded with media messages about drinking and driving and they tend to simply tune them out now... This display, especially the personal items in the glass display cases, caught their attention.  I observed other classes walking through and found most of the students to be engaged and moved.  I want to express my appreciation for your efforts in continuing this campaign.  I truly believe we cannot spread this message too far or too often."

- Feedback from Cheryl Distenfeld, Curriculum Leader- Special Education, 504 Coordinator relating to the Illicit Drugs Exhibit

As you tour and reflect these exhibits, you'll get to know their stories and legacies. They had everything to live for, but everyday life met a culture of the extreme and in one second, everything changed.


Prescription Drug Exhibit:

This display detailing the dangers of driving while under the influence of powerful prescription drugs is striking and cautionary.  Large, freestanding, vertical panels contain newspaper articles, timelines, personal statements, and profiles of the drivers and victims.

Three Upstate New York traffic incidents are described, in which drivers who underestimated the effects that prescription drugs would have on their ability to drive safely killed a total of five people.  The three drivers were coincidentally all women in their fifties, not the kind of people you expect to cause murder and mayhem on the roads.

The victims were an 11-year old girl, sitting in the back seat of a van that was rear-ended at a school bus stop, an adult male bicyclist who was run over and dragged up the road, and three women who were struck and killed while standing in the covered front entryway to a church.

"I teach driver education to high school students each summer, and I was aware of the problems that prescription drugs and even over-the-counter drugs can cause for drivers, but this exhibit really drove that point home."

- Theodore Pfohl, Weekend Librarian, Cayan Library, SUNY POLY

         

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"Athletes Exhibit" portrays high school and college athletes from New York State whose lives were put in danger by someone's choice to drink and drive. 

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"Courage to Serve Exhibit" portrays different members of Law Enforcement from various jurisdictions in New York State.  Each experienced a similar fate; being struck by a drunk or drug impaired driver.  Each had the courage to serve.  They have everything to live for.  The strength of the Shield met a culture of the extreme ... and in an instant, everything changed.

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"Second Front Exhibit" is stories told by combat veterans for combat veterans.  The accounts originate from different wars, but share one thing in common:  the Second Front - the internal battle with combat trauma that maifests as erratic and impaired driving on American roads.  They have everything to live for and are committed to exposing the Second Front.

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"Mission Change Exhibit" is stories told by soldiers and surviving family members depicting recurring combat trauma making successful reintegration impossible and many found the roadway a place of terro, intrusive thoughts and rage.  Some self-medicated with alcohol or drugs to quell their nightmares and return to some feeling of normalcy.  They had one clear mission in combat, but now that they are home, their mission has changed to surviving the second front. 

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"Vietnam Exhibit" is stories told by Vietnam combat veterans.  Each shares one thing in common:  the Second Front - the internal battle with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  They have everything to live for and are committed to leaving no soldier behind in the Second Front.

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"Motorcycle Down" describe the grave truth of motorcycles and alcohol not mixing. 

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"Prescription Drug Exhibit" portrays people whose lives were put in danger by someone's choice to mix prescription drugs and driving.

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"Illicit Drug Exhibit" portrays people whose lives were put in danger by someone's choice to mix cocaine with driving. 

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"Leandra"  This exhibit, through words and images, portrays children from New York State whose lives were put in danger by an adult’s choice to drink and drive. It focuses on fateful events in a forensic style. As you tour and reflect, get to know the stories of the Taconic Parkway crash and Henry Hudson Parkway crash. The public’s reaction to these crashes and one father’s crusade changed the law. That law is Leandra Rosado’s legacy for all children in New York State. She, like all innocent victims of alcohol related crashes, had everything to live for, but the immortality of youth met a culture of the extreme and in one second, everything changed.

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These exhibits are displayed in various locations, on a rotating schedule, throughout the state.  For more information or to book an exhibit, contact your local STOP-DWI Coordinator (visit the county locator page for contact information).


Click here to view One Second, Everything Changes brochure.  Click here to download pop-up exhibit assembly instructions.  Click here to download traditional exhibit assembly instructions.

Second Front:  Vietnam
CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
Second Front:  Mission Change CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
Second Front:  Combat Veterans CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
Prescription Drugs - Traditional Display (23 linear ft., 8 feet wide) CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
Prescription Drugs - Pop-up version  
Orleans County March - May, 2018
Greene County July 25 - July 31, 2018
Washington County Aug 1 - September 20, 2018
Greene County September 28, 2018
Ulster County December 2018
Warren County March 29 - April 14, 2019
Washington County April 15 - May 31, 2019
Illicit Drugs - Cocaine and other Substances CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
Illicit Drugs - Cocaine and other Substances - Pop-Up Version  
Ontario County March - May, 2018
Lewis County September 2018
Broome County Oct 1 - 15, 2018
Chemung County November - December 2018
Leandra's Law CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
Erie County April 2018
Athletes - traditional display  
Warren County April 16-30, 2018
Athletes - Pop-up version CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
Broome County March 2018
Monroe County April 2018
Seneca County May & June 2018
Chemung County November - December 2018
Niagara County April 26 - May 3, 2019
Athletes - Pop-up version (2) CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
Steuben County March - May 18, 2018
Ontario County May 2018 - August 2018
Courage to Serve  
NYSP Albany October 2017
Motorcycle Down - Pop-up version  
GTSC - Albany March - October 2018

THREE SECOND FRONT EXHIBITS COMPILED:

For the first time three exhibits are compiled.  The original Second Front and the banner exhibits Second Front :Vietnam and Second Front: Mission Change. The full exhibit illustrated the extent of PTSI ,alcohol and drug, medication, and their manifestation on the roadway.  The exhibits highlight the strength and capacity  of recovery in our warriors as the combat the daemons on the Second Front.

Second Front Exhibit