JOPLIN, Mo. —
Volunteers with the Lost Photos of Joplin project will hold another claim day for May 22 storm victims from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Carthage, 631 S. Garrison Ave.
A claim day also is slated for Saturday, April 28, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Joplin Public Library, 300 S. Main St.
The photos were displaced by the tornado, but many were found and collected during the recovery and rebuilding phases and turned over to the Lost Photos project so they could be returned to their owners.
Approximately 27,000 photos have been cleaned and archived physically and digitally by volunteers at the First Baptist Church in Carthage.
More than 8,000 have been returned to their owners, according to Donna Turner, a project volunteer.
At the most recent claim days on March 10, held at the church, and March 31, held at the library, 615 photos were returned to their owners, Turner said.
Volunteers ask that those who plan to claim a photo at the library to fill out a claim form ahead of time.
“They need to look online through the photos that have been recovered, and if they see photos they recognize, fill out a claim form and submit it to us so we know which ones to pull from the archives,” said Turner. “We just can’t take all of the photos with us.”
For those who come to the church, it is helpful to know a photo number in order to more efficiently retrieve the photo from the archive, but a claim form is not necessary.
Want more information?
To learn more about the Lost Photos of Joplin project, people may call 417-358-8161. The website is joplinrescuedphotos.org.