The Lost Photos Of The Joplin Tornado Find New Home - KOAM TV 7

The Lost Photos Of The Joplin Tornado Find New Home



Photos rescued from the 2011 tornado now have a new home in the Joplin Museum Complex. Previously, the National Disaster Photo Rescue Group had been working out of Carthage to reunite over 700 families with personal photographs found among debris.

"This brings home family for people," said Joplin Mayor Melodee Colbert Kean.
The Mayor gave a few remarks on the National Disaster Photo Rescue Project at a news conference Friday. Since the Joplin tornado the group has been working out of the 1st Baptist Church in Carthage to scan photos like these into a database to find their owners. Owners like Tara Schneider, who was reunited with a family photo of her husband and daughter thanks to the Lost Photos of the Joplin Tornado Facebook page.

"I think it's fantastic what they're doing, and it's amazing that somebody saw it on Facebook. and was able to reconnect me with it," Schneider said.
According to organizers, over 150 volunteers logged over 5900 man hours cleaning, organizing and categorizing these 35,000 photographs. And now they will have a permanent home back in Joplin.

"We are returning them to the museum here in Joplin, it's the right place, and it's the right time, we're 30 months out from the disaster and we've returned over 17500 photographs," said Thad Beeler of the National Disaster Photo Rescue.
Beeler said that the Disaster Photo Rescue Team will still be around despite handing over the prints. The group will still work with the Museum to help keep up with the Website and Facebook page for the project. To help ensure people like his dad Jim Beeler can help spot owners of the remain 17,500 odd photographs.
"It's an exciting time that you can just recognize a person's name with a photo and maybe that will stir somebody else's interests-well I knew that person, maybe be able to get them back their photos if they need," Bill Beeler said.

The Joplin Museum Complex says the photos will remain available online, and will be held in their achieves for safe keeping.

The Museum says it will schedule days for people to come in and look for their photos sometime early next year. 

To claim a photo, click here.

To visit "The Lost Photos Of the Joplin Tornado" Facebook Page, click here.


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