GRIN CITY COMMUNITY RESOURCE GUIDE
a part of
MAP OF THINGS NO LONGER HERE
Rachel Buse - Freesia McKee - Molly Rideout
June 4 - June 17, 2017
"The Guide is entertainingly useful and usefully entertaining. Either would be good, both are best."
-Frank Heath, Grinnell Historian
Who can someone call in Grinnell to get a shoe or standing mixer repaired? What if someone needs a video made? What if you're a retired farmer and want to know where to spend your mornings? This community publication celebrates the harder-to-locate and less-well-known resources of our town.
Based on Grinnell’s phone books of the 1920s-40s, the free publication includes: Social etiquette for using your cell phone (as explained by 3 generations of Grinnell women); Advertisements for old Grinnell businesses; Temp Agency applications for obsolete jobs; Contact information for your elected representatives; A place for you to write down all of your now useless memorized phone numbers; "Ghosting Strategies for the Socially Anxious"...and a lot more!
Over 500 free guides were distributed around Grinnell during June 2017.
The guide was released during the Party of The Obsolete, where community members filled out a job application to be placed in an obscure or obsolete community job, or utilize our recreated "Foam Booth" (a phone booth made of foam) to make a call, or leave a missed connection one the local phone lines.
PRESS: "Grin City Collective Honors Obsolete, Releases Community Guide" / By Michael McAllister for Our Grinnell
Listen to the voicemails left by event attendees!
Leave us a message!
You can still participate in the project! Share with us a memory related to phone booths, phonebooks, pay phones or other milestones in phone technology.
Call our hotline at (515) 661-4496!
(By leaving a message on our hotline, you agree for your recording and story to be used in this and future Grin City Collective projects.)