Newtown aims to archive everything they were sent after Sandy Hook shootings


The town of Newtown, Conn. is working to archive every item they received in the aftermath of the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre. Photo by AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel DUNAND

In the weeks following December 2012’s deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the town of Newtown, Conn., received a constant stream of cards, letters, wreaths, teddy bears from places not only around the United States, but around the world.

The town saved every last one.

“Tags from teddy bears, paper snowflakes, everything,” Yolie Moreno, a Newtown resident, told the Associated Press.

Moreno headed up the effort to archive the hundreds of thousands of items that the town received. Many items were kept in the original form they were received in, which will be saved by the town in the hope they can be used in a future art installation. Others were preserved in photos, which will be uploaded to a website that anybody can view. The rest was taken to a trash-to-energy plant and turned into a material the town is calling “sacred soil,” the AP writes. That material could one day be used in a memorial or a foundation for a new school.