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Oshawa Museum & Empty Cup Media Collaborate To Collect Stories of COVID-19

Oshawa, ON, March 30, 2020 - History is unfolding before our eyes as the COVID-19 Pandemic is affecting nearly every aspect of our daily lives. It is important that this period in history be documented on an international, national, provincial, and local level. Archives of all sizes have begun the work of documenting the impact of this pandemic on their communities, and the Oshawa Museum is one such site recording this time for future generations.

The Oshawa Museum is documenting the impact of COVID-19 on the Oshawa community through a variety of methods:

  • We are collaborating with Empty Cup Media to produce an oral history project collecting videos and interviews with the citizens of Oshawa as they experience daily life during a pandemic.
  • All official municipal communications concerning COVID-19 in Oshawa are collected, as well as local media reports.
  • Museum staff will also be sharing insights on how COVID-19 is impacting the Oshawa Museum, changes to museum operations, the impact on collections and staff and demonstrating the importance of ensuring that this time in history is documented and preserved for future generations.

An important component of the project will be to collect community stories. We want to collect your thoughts, photographs, diaries and other items that tell the story of how you are coping in these extraordinary times.

The Oshawa Museum has launched a new website to showcase these stories: https://covid19oshawa.com.

To find out more about how you can help us document history as it unfolds in real time, please contact Jennifer Weymark, Archivist, at archivist@oshawamuseum.org.

About the Oshawa Historical Society and the Oshawa Museum: The Oshawa Museum (OM) preserves and promotes awareness and appreciation of Oshawa's history for the education, enrichment and enjoyment of a diverse audience. As the only community museum in Oshawa we take great pride in showcasing the history of our city from the earliest Indigenous inhabitants to present day. The OM is administered by the Oshawa Historical Society, a not for profit charitable institution, as an external agency of the City of Oshawa.

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