Plainville Historical Society wants your help documenting impact of COVID-19

Published on Friday, 5 June 2020 11:34
Written by BRIAN M. JOHNSON

@brianjohnsonBP

PLAINVILLE – The Plainville Historical Society wants residents to help it document the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on daily life.

“Local history tells the story of important events, notable persons, and what everyday life was like for people who lived here,” said Nancy Eberhardt, president of the Plainville Historical Society. “The Plainville Historical Society invites residents to help build an historical record of life in Plainville during the COVID-19 pandemic. Just as the Flu Epidemic of 1918 is studied today, people will someday want to learn how people experienced the COVID pandemic of 2020.”

On the Plainville Historical Society’s website, plainvillehistoricalsociety.com, there are two pieces comparing the pandemics of 1918 and 2020.

“The focus is on the ways in which dramatically changed modes of communication impact people’s experiences,” Eberhardt said. “For example, social media plays such an important role today.”

Also posted on the website is more information about contributing to the local archive which the Historical Society will create. Residents are asked to describe how their lives have been changed during these times.

Responses can be emailed to plvhistorical@gmail.com or mailed as paper copy to the Plainville Historic Center, 29 Pierce St., Plainville, CT 06062.

Residents are asked to help the society leave a record for future generations. Although the history books will write about it, they cannot tell the whole story of real people and their day-to-day lives.

Included along with their account of life during the pandemic, residents are asked to leave their name, address, phone number in case there is a question, age or age group. All accounts are personal, therefore nothing will be added or deleted.

For questions, call the Historic Center at 860-747-6577 to leave a message.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.



Posted in New Britain Herald, Plainville on Friday, 5 June 2020 11:34. Updated: Friday, 5 June 2020 11:36.