Traveling Exhibits

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Motorcycle Down Front  Motorcycle Down Rear

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

Exhibit 1  Exhibit 2

Feedback from Cheryl Distenfeld, Curriculum Leader- Special Education, 504 Coordinator relating to the Illicit Drugs Exhibit-Unveiled in Rochester-February 6, 2014:

"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."

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.

 

The Prescription Drug Exhibit is one of the largest exhibits we have.  We recently downsized the exhibit, thus accommodating more locations for display.  Here are photos of the smaller versions that are available to reserve for display (refer to the schedule below for availability). 
Click here to view the panel list for the exhibit.
         

 

 

"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. 

Click here to view additional panels of the exhibit.

 

"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.

Click here to view additional panels of the exhibit.

"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.

Click here to view additional panels of the exhibit.

"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. 

Click here to view additional panels of the exhibit.

"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.

Click here to view additional panels of the exhibit.

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

Click here to view additional panels of the exhibit.



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

Click here to view additional panels of the exhibit.

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

Click here to view additional panels of the exhibit.

 

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 initiatives page for contact information).

Click here to view One Second Everything Changes brochure.  Click here to download exhibit assembly instructions.

Second Front:  Vietnam
 
Western NY - Veterans One-Stop Center of WNY, Inc. 80 Professional Parkway, Lockport, NY 14094 July 20, 2015 -
Second Front:  Mission Change  
Western NY - Veterans One-Stop Center of WNY, Inc. 29 Liberty St., Batavia, NY July 20, 2015 -
Second Front:  Combat Veterans  
Western NY - Veterans One-Stop Center of WNY, Inc. 80 Professional Parkway, Lockport, NY 14094 July 20, 2015 -
Prescription Drugs (23 linear ft., 8 feet wide)  
Monroe County March - June 2016
  AVAILABLE THE MONTH OF JULY 2016
Ontario County August - October 2016
Illicit Drugs - Cocaine and other Substances  
Otsego County February 2016 -
Schoharie County May, 2016
  AVAILABLE AFTER JUNE 1
Leandra's Law  
Greene County VIP August 20, 2015 -
Housed in Albany CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
Athletes  
Onondaga County April 11 - 15, 2016
Oneida County April 18 - May 1, 2016
Phoenix, Oswego Cnty May 2-9, 2016
A-P-W, Oswego Cnty May 9-13, 2016
Wayne County May 14 - 31, 2016
Franklin County June 1 - 17, 2016
Otsego County July 20 - Sept 20, 2016
Courage to Serve 
Ontario County February 2016 - April 13, 2016
Orleans County April 15, 2016 - June, 2016
  AVAILABLE AFTER JULY 1

Motorcycle Down

 
Oswego County December 2015 - March 2016
GTSC - Albany Statewide Motorcycle Awareness Press Conference & event April 15, 2016 - May 5, 2016
Washington County June 2016 - July 31, 2016

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

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