Lost Photos of Joplin Photo Reunification Event – May 17

Lost photo of JoplinNational Disaster Photo Rescue and The Joplin Museum Complex are holding a public viewing and photo reunification event  for the ‘Lost Photos of Joplin’ project.  This official event will be at the Joplin Museum Complex, May 17, 2014, 10am – 1pm, in the Museum Complex located at 504 S. Schifferdecker.

The ‘Lost Photos of Joplin’ photos will be available for public viewing at the event. Those wishing to make claims on photographs and documents can do so during the event hours of 10am-1pm at the Joplin Museum Complex.

The photos on display were found both locally and at great distances following the May 22, 2011 Joplin tornado and handed over to the Lost Photos of Joplin project. Photos were cleaned, marked, scanned and stored in hopes of reuniting storm survivors and their loved ones with their lost memories.

Family Reunification will occur at this event. Families wishing to claim personal memories, can come to view all photos remaining at this event. Families wishing to identify memories before the event may do so at our website Joplin.NationalDisasterPhotoRescue.org or on Facebook at: Facebook.com/LostPhotosofJoplin.

Joplin Museum Complex staff will be assisted by NDPR reunification staff for the event.

The Physical Photos and Documents will remain at the museum after the event. N.D.P.R. will continue to assist the Joplin Museum in cyber-maintenance and reunification. Future claims will continue to be made on the Joplin Lost Photos website and our Facebook page.

 

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The National Disaster Photo Rescue formed because of the May 22, 2011  Joplin, Missouri tornado and is a ministry of the First Baptist Church of Carthage, Missouri. The ‘Lost Photos of Joplin’ project has shown the need for families to reunite with Lost Memories. The National Disaster Photo Rescue will be there, in the future, to help other communities learn through our community how to “Return lost Memories worth a Thousand Words”.

Joplin remembers Moore during anniversary - Pittsburg Morning Sun

Joplin remembers Moore during anniversary

From the Pittsburg (KS) Morning Sun…

…Thad Beeler, Carthage, is with National Disaster Photo Rescue, an organization born at the Carthage First Baptist Church after the Joplin tornado to help reunite Joplin residents with photos recovered from all across Southwest Missouri in the wake of the EF5 tornado that hurled them miles away.

Beeler said his group has collected 35,000 photos since the Joplin tornado and returned 16,000 to their rightful owners.

Now he’s working to help the residents of Moore recover photos again hurled miles from their starting point.

“We’ve got a process and we know what to do and we want to take what we’ve learned and help others across the country,” Beeler said. “I’ve been working with local people in Moore over social media to help them get started. I just found out that the Red Cross has thousands of photos and documents already collected and ready to turn over to someone.”

Beeler said recovering photos and documents won’t become a priority until after the search and rescue efforts are completed, but he hopes to go to Moore soon to help them set up a recovery system for photos and documents.

Read the rest of the article on the Pittsburg Morning Sun website…

Joplin remembers Moore during anniversary
Pittsburg Morning Sun
Thad Beeler, Carthage, is with National Disaster Photo Rescue, an organization born at the Carthage First Baptist Church after the Joplin tornado to help   

Carthage sends help to Moore, Okla. - Carthage Press

From The Carthage Press…

A group established in Carthage to help survivors of the May 22, 2011 Joplin tornado is reaching out to survivors of the Moore, Okla., community.

The National Disaster Photo Rescue is a non-profit organization committed to returning lost photographs and these memories to their owners.

The group, based in the First Baptist Church of Carthage, has decided immediately to help by retrieving photos from public right-of-ways. To read full article, click here:  Carthage sends help to Moore, Okla.

Carthage sends help to Moore, Okla.
Carthage Press
Thad Beeler, Carthage, with National Disaster Photo Rescue, said the organization is designed to assist communities by training the local community to properly retrieve,   

Unclaimed Memories: Reuniting With a Photo After Tragedy - PBS NewsHour

Photo found after Joplin tornado and reunited with owner.

Not long after a tornado tore through Oklahoma on Monday, Facebook groups began to spring up with posts showing tarnished photos discovered in scattered debris miles away. Unclaimed memories, laid out before strangers in the hopes of catching a recognizing glimpse.

It’s not the first time that lost and found sites on social media have been created after a natural disaster. Two years ago, on May 22, 2011, similar Facebook groups emerged when a tornado struck Joplin, Mo., sweeping photos away from owners.

Two of those groups morphed into the Lost Photos of Joplin National Disaster Photo Rescue, run by the First National Baptist Church of Carthage, Mo.

Thad Beeler, director of National Disaster Photo Rescue and minister of music at the First Baptist Church, said that at the time there was no formal process to redistribute the more than 35,000 photographs that had been collected. But shortly after, an organized system to clean and file photos was developed and, perhaps more importantly, a proper way to distribute those photos back to their owners was implemented.

This isn’t just a simple photo pass-off; it’s a “reunification process” that connects a person to an old life. Each of the organization’s 50-plus volunteers is trained in grief counseling and are taught how to help a person cope with what is often an overwhelming moment.

“Many people weren’t ready to look at the photos. They’d just break down,” reunification coordinator Donna Turner said. “It’s been a lot of listening on our part. That’s apparently what they need — to get it off our chest.”

Read rest of article on PBS NewsHour website…

 

 

Unclaimed Memories: Reuniting With a Photo After Tragedy
PBS NewsHour (blog)
Thad Beeler, director of National Disaster Photo Rescue and minister of music at the First Baptist Church, said that at the   

National Disaster Photo Rescue Banquet Feb 2013 Four States Home Page

Just stumbled across this TV news report of the banquet National Disaster Photo Rescue had back in February, 2013 to thank volunteers of the Joplin Lost Photos project. It gives a good review of what those in Moore have to look forward to down the road and how appreciative people are of this. There is video, but its not embeddable, so please click here to watch it: National Disaster Photo Rescue Banquet

Here are a few Joplin photos that have yet to be returned:

Lost Photo of Joplin not yet returnedBox 43 Lost Photos of Joplin unclaimedBox 53 Lost Photos of Joplin unclaimed photosBox 8 Lost Photos of Joplin unclaimed photos

 

Upcoming Volunteer Banquet

If you have been a volunteer for the Lost Photos of Joplin project, you should check your mail for an invitation to our Volunteer banquet!

We want to thank each and every one of you!

Thank you to our volunteers!The Banquet is scheduled for Friday, Feb 22.

If you don’t find an invitation but would like to attend, please contact Thad at the First Baptist Church in Carthage. 417-358-8161