History-in-the-Making: Covid-19 exhibit

A community reception is being held on Friday, September 24th, from 4-5 pm outside the Library.

You are invited to visit the Library to see the Spring 2021 Public History exhibit. Please encourage your students to check it out and engage with it as well. 

History-in-the-Making: Covid-19 exhibit on display through Sept 30, 2021
Community Reception - Fri 9/24, 4:00-5:00pm outside of the library 

We hope this will be a time to reconnect with each other, ask questions of the students, and reflect a bit on the significant historical events that we have all been living through.

It begins (or ends) on the first floor across from the Circulation Desk, where you can view some scientific explanation and artifacts related to the Covid-19 virus and pay your respects to those we have lost these past 18 months personally and as a community. Upstairs follow a history of this pandemic in local and global perspective. Community Engagement students working with the SMC Health & Wellness Center have also created a video showcasing some of their documentary and oral history work on campus.

Please come to this exhibit and add your own post-it-notes, artifacts, and memorial tributes for the archives. 

We thank our partners in the Health & Wellness Center, Teacher Education, CILSA, Mission & Ministry, the Library, the NEH Challenge Grant for Partners in Public History, and all the individuals who generously allowed the students to collect their oral histories for the SMC archives, and to Jason Jakaitis and Minivia Fernandes for technical support with the video. We appreciate the students' perseverance in a FLEX + Community Engagement course during an already difficult pandemic-laden semester. Finally, to Isabella Ruiz and Amanda Boutte, the Public History student assistants, who did all the work of getting the various exhibit pieces together and on display in the library.

-- The Spring, 2021, Public History 181 class