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New Hanover Museum to Document COVID

The Cape Fear Museum of History and Science is looking for objects, photographs and documents that illustrate the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the lives of people in the Lower Cape Fear.

“The current coronavirus pandemic is an important event in history and residents are encouraged to save items that tell the COVID-19 story and would be a good contribution to the museum’s collection. Cape Fear Museum will preserve artifacts so that future generations will be able to learn about what is happening today,” according to the release.

All items must have a connection to the Lower Cape Fear, which is defined as a 50-mile radius around Wilmington, and may include life during stay-at-home orders, including working and schooling from home; closures of businesses, schools, restaurants and institutions; frontline workers, including medical personnel, grocery store employees and delivery drivers;social distancing and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for being in public; and  any other aspects of life during the pandemic.

To donate an item for potential inclusion in the museum’s collection, the following information is required:

  • What is the item?
  • Who used or made the item?
  • Where was the item used or made?
  • How does this item relate to the pandemic?
  • Is there a photograph of the item being used or made?

To make a donation, ask questions or receive additional information, contact curator Heather Yenco at hyenco@nhcgov.com or 910-798-4359, who will compile the collection.

There is no deadline for donations as many items may not be available now. The museum is temporarily closed and will resume physical collections operations upon reopening. More information may also be found at www.capefearmuseum.com.

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