THE STORY OF THE STUFF - A Web Documentary & Digital Humanities Project - 2015

An investigation into America’s obsession with temporary memorials, THE STORY OF THE STUFF mixes documentary video and a personal essay as it tracks what happens to more than half a million letters, 65,000 teddy bears, and hundreds of thousands of other packages, donations, and condolence items sent to Newtown, Connecticut, in the wake of the Sandy Hook School shooting.

As Maynor tracks Newtown’s stuff she also reflects on her experience of working in Blacksburg, Virginia on April 16, 2007, the site of the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.


In addition to the interactive web documentary, the forthcoming website also includes high school and college level study and discussion guides for teaching the project, a learning module for students of Information Science, and a case study/book chapter for crisis managers.

(Images above are screenshots of the site.)

Anticipated Publication of Education & Outreach Materials: Fall 2015