The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


February 4, 2014

Lost Photos claim day to be held at museum

JOPLIN, Mo. — National Disaster Photo Rescue and The Joplin Museum Complex have scheduled a public viewing and photo reunification day for the “Lost Photos of Joplin” project from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, in the Museum Complex at 504 S. Schifferdecker.

The Lost Photos project, which was organized in the weeks following the May 22, 2011, Joplin tornado, aims to reunite storm victims with photos displaced by the storm.

Volunteers affiliated with the First Baptist Church in Carthage spent more than two years collecting and scanning about 35,000 photos and making them available for public viewing. They also spent more than 5,500 hours sorting, drying, organizing and documenting them.

Photo claim days held monthly at various locations throughout Joplin after the storm returned about 17,500 of the photos.

Last fall, the remaining photos and documents were transferred to the Joplin Museum Complex for safekeeping.

Those who would like to identify photos before the event may do so at the project’s website at or go to the group’s Facebook page, Lost Photos of Joplin.

Joplin Museum Complex staff will be assisted by National Disaster Photo Rescue staff for the photo claim event.

The organization also has been used as a model for the nation, including the communities of Moore, Okla., and Washington, Ill., after tornadoes impacted those communities.

Lost Photos documentary

A number of short documentaries by film students at the University of North Texas in Denton, including one on the Lost Photos projected, debuted last spring.

The film, titled “Photos in the Wind: A Joplin Tornado Story,” was directed by Abbey Hoekzema, a student at the school. It was later chosen as an official selection of the Dallas Videofest.

More information about the film is available on the Facebook Page named for the movie.


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