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Natalie Langford shared about her experience with the Orphan Photo Project. Natalie looks for old photos and similar memorabilia at thrift stores and uses genealogy skills to track down the owner or someone on the family. Natalie presented a KCGS guest with items she had traced to her. Several months prior to this meeting, KCGS had asked Natalie if she could find the rightful owner of a Bible and poetry book that were in a box of books donated to the Hayden Library. At our meeting Natalie shared the interesting story of how she found family members and returned the long lost treasures.
Our group viewed a movie about the steamboat Arabia that sank in the Missouri River on September 5, 1856. The boat sank rapidly and within a few days, all traces of the boat were gone. Over time the Missouri River shifted so that the boat was below 45 feet of land.
In 1987 Bob Hawley and his sons set out to find the Arabia. The Arabia was exposed in 1998, and soon after artifacts were discovered including a crate with elegant china. The artifacts are now on display in the Arabia Steamboat Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.