Rare film footage of the St. Francis Dam aftermath has been found by the same archaeologist who compiled the list of the 431 names of victims in the disaster.
“This amazing discovery by researcher Ann Stansell brings us exceedingly rare moving pictures of the recovery of victims bodies in the aftermath of the St Francis Dam disaster,” said Alan Pollack, President of the Santa Clarita valley historical society. “The images are both poignant and heartbreaking. They transport us back in time to the Newhall of March 1928. In my mind, it becomes more important than ever to remember the victims of this disaster by placing a National Memorial at the dam site.”Ann Stansell, of Los Angeles, is a California State University, Northridge anthropology and public archaeology grad student who spent three years compiling information about the victims of the St Francis Dam disaster of 1928. Stansell completed her master’s thesis, the Forgotten Casualty Project with the help of Professor James Sneed, in 2014.