The Sloan Museum in Flint is looking for artifacts – art, journals, videos – to preserve the history of the coronavirus pandemic of 2020.
FLINT, MI (AP) — A Michigan museum seeking to document the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on the community is asking for the submission of journals, art, videos, photographs and other materials.
The Sloan Museum in Flint initially will collect materials online, but also will look for physical objects that help tell the story of life during the pandemic when it becomes safe to do so.
The materials will become part of the museum’s historical record preserving the story of the Greater Flint community. Archival materials and artifacts from the pandemic will be used by researchers and museum staff. They could become part of future exhibitions or publications.
Community Engagement coordinator Jerome Threlkeld said this is an opportunity to have experiences, strategies, opinions, photos and videos shape the historical record of 2020.
The museum said it has government records, photos, and news articles documenting what happened for many historic events. Often missing is the human context — emotions, personal stories, and day-to-day details that help the public understand what it was like to live through historic events.
“By encouraging people to start collecting now, we might get some details that would otherwise be missed,” said Geoff Woodcox, curator of collections at the museum. “We are approaching this with a genuine desire to include as many voices in this effort as possible.”
Digital materials can be submitted to SloanLongway.org/COVIDscrapbook.