Photo: Staff at Huronview Home for the Aged in Clinton  “We’re In This Together”

Collecting Memories for the future: COVID-19 Rapid Response Collecting

The Huron County Museum is looking for everyday personal accounts of the COVID-19 pandemic and how it is effecting the people and communities in Huron County.   How did an international event affect us in our own communities?

The collecting mandate for the Huron County Museum is to collect the stories and artifacts of our local area, with particular emphasis on items that were made by or used by Huron County people.   We are looking for your help to document and illustrate how Coronavirus has affected us close to home.  Your everyday is now our history.

The possibilities are endless.  Take a single photo or put together a full album of your COVID-19 life.  Write a journal or letter.  Make your own artwork.  Suggest items that should be collected from our communities after the pandemic lessens. Help us tell future people about the history of today. Your contributions will be kept at the Huron County Museum for future research and exhibition.

Contributions can be made through our social media, emailed to museum@huroncounty.ca with the subject line ”Huron County Stories Now”, or written/photographic items may be donated to the Museum by mail or in-person upon re-opening.

We understand that this is a difficult time for many, so participation is voluntary and has no timeline.  Items may come today, 2 months from now, or even years from now when people are ready to share.

If you have questions about Rapid Response Collecting by the Huron County Museum, please contact museum@huroncounty.ca.

For a message from our Senior Curator go to https://www.huroncountymuseum.ca/collecting-memories-for-the-future-covid-19/.

Inspiration for Children, or anyone young at heart:

The Things I Miss

Hey Kids?  What activities do you miss?  Write about the activities that you miss the most or draw a picture.

Distance Education

Hey Kids?  Tell us what you think about going to school online?  (Don’t worry, we won’t tell your teacher!)

Life at Home

Hey Kids? Make a list of some things you like about being home?

Celebrations

Hey Kids?  Tell us about a celebration that was different this year because you were at home.

I Miss You

Hey Kids? Draw a picture of someone that you miss seeing in person?  Tell us why you miss them?

Inspiration and ideas to help you as you record history:

The World Around You

Look outside your door today at 8 am, noon, 5 pm or 7 pm.  What do you see, hear and smell?  Tell us what your neighbourhood looks like at today’s date/time?   How is it different from this time last year?

Shop Local

Shop Local! How are you supporting local business in your community?  What is it like to shop at your local stores?

Signs of COVID-19

Are you going for a walk or shopping today?   Take a photo of a store or community sign detailing COVID-19 restrictions or procedures?

The Kids at Home

How are you keeping your children occupied while staying at home? Take a picture of what homeschooling looks like in your house or show us a picture of your child’s school work.

A Walk Outside

Are you going for a walk today?   Take a photo of the place where you go to relax and take a mental break from worries of the COVID-19?

Hungry? Baking? Eating?

How has your diet changed during the pandemic? Share your favourite recipe.

Staying Fit

Has your exercise routine changed during COVID-19?  For better or worse?

Our Community

Are you going for a walk today?   Take a photo of your community that shows how COVID-19 has changed the everyday?

The New Normal?

How did you feel on March 12th, knowing your children might not be going back to school? 

How did you feel on March 24th when most non-essential businesses were closed down? 

How did you feel on April 26th when extensions until May 31st happened?  

How do you feel today?

Working from Home

Are you working from home?   What does your home office look like?  What do you miss the most (or the least) from your regular work?

Hobbies

Have you started a new hobby or restarted an old one?   Do you think you will continue this hobby after the pandemic? Get someone to take a photo of you working on your hobby or send us a selfie.

Essential Workers

Are you an essential worker?   What does your daily routine look like?  What has changed the most for you? What do you wish people knew?

Agribusiness

Are you part of Huron County’s agribusiness community? How has COVID-19 effected your business, markets, and lifestyle?

The Business Community

Are you a part of Huron County’s industrial and business community? How has COVID-19 effected your staffing, business and markets?

Celebrate!

What events did you celebrate while still staying home and physically distancing?   How did you celebrate?

#Hashtag

What is your favorite social media account or hashtag to follow while in self-isolation?

Are we in this Together?

 Write about how people of your community have come together to stop the spread, help those in need, and/or stay positive.

Stay Social!

Who do you talk to that doesn’t live in your house?  How do you stay in touch?

The Big Picture

The big picture? What are some of the silver linings from the pandemic, and what are some of the negative impacts COVID-19 has had on your community, Canada, or the world?

COVID-19 Artifacts

What are some items that should be in the Museum collection that will be important artifacts to tell the story of the COVID-19?

Hello Me!

Write a letter to yourself to be read in the future.  

Tell Me the Truth

What is the worst part of the COVID-19 Pandemic?