Bartow History Museum Wants Your Pandemic Mementos For Collection

Jim Massara

CARTERSVILLE, GA — Want to share your experience of the coronavirus pandemic with future generations? The Bartow History Museum in Cartersville is offering a way to do that.

Museum director Trey Gaines announced on Tuesday the COVID-19 in Bartow County project, which would allow residents to share their stories and mementos from the pandemic, possibly for the museum’s permanent collection.

“All of us are experiencing a period in history that most of us just a few short weeks ago couldn’t even imagine,” Gaines said in the announcement. Among those experiences are shelter-in-place, work from home, digital learning and perhaps the loss of friends or loved ones.

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What might be appropriate to share? Here are suggestions from the museum's announcement:

  • Experiences of healthcare providers, first responders, teachers, students, business owners, religious leaders, volunteers, restaurant workers and others
  • Journal entries or personal reflections capturing feelings at the time of quarantine — of loss, of fear, or of finding joy in helping others
  • Photos of your favorite restaurant sitting empty, of your church sign announcing virtual services, of your kids learning from home, of a health-care professional going to work, of a neighborhood or care facility car parade, etc.
  • Audio or video recordings of a virtual concert or family phone call over Zoom
  • A homemade banner or sign showing encouragement and support
  • A restaurant drive-thru open sign

You can find out more about how to share your mementos for COVID-19 in Bartow County by visiting the Bartow History Museum’s website.

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This article originally appeared on the Cartersville Patch