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.