The Story Behind the Stories

Stories of Joplin exists as a dedication to the victims of the devastating tornado that ripped through Joplin on May 22, 2011.  In response to the disaster, Drury University’s Hammons School of Architecture Design/Build team shifted gears to focus their efforts on giving back to the Joplin community and helping with the restoration process.

In May 2013, Drury University received a grant that would allow for the construction of the Butterfly Garden and Overlook in Cunningham Park, located in Joplin, MO.  The design of the Butterfly Garden and Overlook recreates the outline of three homes erased by the 2011 Joplin tornado. The space provides a pavilion, water features, storyboards, a butterfly garden and four sacred spaces with benches and journals that provide a space for visitors to reflect and heal.

Mission Statement:

To provide an online space that will aid in the healing of the Joplin community by mirroring and explaining the Butterfly Garden and Overlook Project

The people of Joplin have a story to tell. While some stories will be featured in the Butterfly Garden and Overlook, Stories of Joplin offers a way for people to continue to share their stories with the world, updates on their life after the storm, etc. In addition, we strive to provide resources for the Joplin community that will help them to heal mentally and physically following the 2011 tornado.

Read more about the Butterfly Garden and Overlook and the concepts behind the design.