JOPLIN, MO.--- The Lost Photos of Joplin Project is now in the care of the Joplin Museum Complex.
"With this photo restoration project, this brings home family for people," said Melodee Colbert-Kean, Joplin Mayor.
Forestine Taylor felt that firsthand today when she got photos back she lost during the Joplin tornado.
"We didn't have any, we didn't have any pictures. We lost so many," said Forestine Taylor, Recipient of Returned Photos.
Taylor comes from a large family, so her recovered photographs are priceless. Pictures were the only memories she had of some of those family members.
"We lost a lot of the family reunion pictures, the ones that we really cherished. Some of our family has passed on, quite a few of them," said Taylor.
Now the spot where people like Taylor can claim their lost photos has a new location
"The community recognizes that the Joplin Museum Complex is where Joplin history is and the memories of Joplin are kept," said Thad Beeler, National Disaster Photo Rescue
Today the National Disaster Photo Rescue handed the remaining items from the "Lost Photos f Joplin Project" to the Joplin Museum Complex.
"When you couple the Murwin Mosler collection and the lost Joplin photos together, it's perfect, now people can just come to one location," said Brad Belk, Joplin Museum Director.
Thad Beeler says he never imagined that the photo project would be so successful, helping more than 700 families.
"Now, today to know that we're over 17,000, individual photographs that we've returned, that is a success and we're proud of it and we're proud of our community," said Beeler.
To be exact, the National Disaster Photo Rescue has returned 17,526 of the more than 35,000 photos that were collected. The organization will help the museum with website and social media assistance for the immediate future.
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