Our community, Nation, and world at large are currently experiencing one of the most challenging events of our current lives. As we work together to forge our future, these times will forever leave an inherent impression on us. Whether a young child that has their working parents home every day, a school-aged student learning remotely (and not having to take those SATs!), a grandparent unable to share in the joy of a grandchild’s birthday, a City official trying to make the best decisions possible, or a first-responder, nurse, doctor, hospital administrator, we ALL are experiencing this together. But we all bring different perspectives, and we respond differently.
Material culture that represents our lives is different as well. Protective gear, remote learning notebooks, restaurant take-out/pick-up signs are all representative of this pandemic. COVID-19 has rattled us to the core and the Fredericksburg Area Museum wants to ensure that this time receives its due deserves.
In order to do this, WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please share your story with us, and please help us gather the objects and paper items that will help us tell our community’s stories.
Obviously, the FAM’s current collection practices are not in place. Ideally this would be a face-to-face interaction, but in order to keep everyone safe, we can’t do this. So, we turn to you. Please set aside items that tell your families story! Once the museum reopens, we will set up a Collection Day where staff will gather objects for review. We won’t be able to take everything collected but we look for objects to help tell the complete story of this time.
So, again, I ask you to save items that will help us preserve this time in our community’s history.