Eau Claire (WQOW)- UW-Eau Claire students and faculty are working on a project to help future generations remember the historic COVID-19 pandemic.
The university's public history program and the McIntyre Library, along with the Chippewa Valley Museum have created the Chippewa Valley COVID-19 Archive, a digital record of everyday experiences and memories of the pandemic in local communities.
The archive is collecting photos, news articles and stories from members of the community for future scholars and researchers to better understand the impact on our area.
"How do we know anything about the past? As historians, the only way that we know anything is through the primary sources that are left behind," said Dr. Cheryl Jiménez Frei, assistant professor of history at UW-Eau Claire. "Essentially that's what we're doing is we're collecting the primary sources that will tell the story of this moment."
The project team is asking for Chippewa Valley residents to contribute to the project by submitting their stories and artifacts on the archive website.
To find out how to contribute to the archive, click here.