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Vernon museum wants your pandemic stories for digital time capsule

Centennial Time Capsule being sealed in the Greater Vernon Museum and Archives in 1991. GVMA #14226
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May 08, 2020 - 12:00 PM

The Greater Vernon Museum and Archives is putting together a digital time capsule and is looking to the public to submit aspects of their day-to-day pandemic life to be captured and preserved for the future.

The Capturing History Project aims to preserve moments of the COVID-19 pandemic in digital form as we live through a moment in history never seen before in our lifetimes.

“We hope to build an archive of this period through writing and visual images that can be preserved for future generations to learn about this time in our history, and how this pandemic affected the lives of people in the North Okanagan," Vernon Museum archivist Barbara Bell said in a media release.

The museum is asked people to submit answers to a Quarantine Questionnaire, as well as take part in weekly Quarantine Chronicles, which will explore a different topic each week from homework and isolation fashion to coping mechanisms.

The museum also welcomes any kind of submission, through writing, photography, art, or any other medium.

"We hope people submit things that they may think ‘aren’t that special’ as it’s those things that can become interesting to us in the future, the everyday lives of ordinary people in extraordinary times," museum program coordinator Laisha Rosnau said in the release.

The museum says there may be a time in the future when the submissions become a virtual or museum exhibit. The museum stresses it will not display submissions without permission and allows people to submit anonymously.

The time capsule is not the first the museum has taken part in. In 1991 the museum sealed the Centennial Time Capsule.

To take part in the time capsule and for more information go here.

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