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Remembering Joplin Before the storm

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May marks "National Historic Preservation Month".

The Post Memorial Art Reference Library in Joplin is holding a presentation this week on the history of Joplin, before the storm.

Henry Robertson Jr. is a lifelong resident of Joplin, he vividly remembers the May 2011 tornado.

"I heard it coming, the loudest noise I ever heard," said Robertson.

By chance, Robertson's home only sustained minor damaged. However to see the physical and emotionally devastation in other parts of the city was overwhelming.

"I was overwhelmed with a sadness such tremendous damage," said Robertson

Leslie Simpson with the Post Memorial Art Reference Library is sharing the history of Joplin before the storm.

"This kind of gives us a chance to look back at what we lost and appreciate it for what it was and still look towards the future," said Simpson.

For 30 years Simpson has researched the history of Joplin's architecture. After the tornado she immediately captured street views from online maps, which have now been taken down.

The presentation outlines three areas of town, Blendville, Schifferdecker Addictions, and what's known as Suburbia.

"Our history is our background, and so that's the basis of what we grew up and I think its important to maintain that historically prospective," said Robertson.

The presentation is held inside the Joplin Library each day this week, at 12:15 p.m. It's free of charge and open to the public. The presentation lasts about 15 minutes.

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