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.

DOWNLOAD THE FULL GUIDE HERE

 

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.)

Browse the faux job applications completed by community members.

Click to view all applications

Missed a connection? See if yours was added to our phone lines.

Click to view all missed connections

Participating Artists:

Rachel Buse / Des Moines, IA
Freesia McKee / Milwaukee, WI
Molly Rideout / Grinnell, IA & Columbus, OH

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THANK YOU TO OUR PROJECT SPONSORS!

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