The COVID-19 pandemic has become a major historical event in our lifetime. With hope that future generations can continue to reflect on how the pandemic shapes our everyday lives, it is important to document these impacts by way of the preservation of relevant objects.
The Chilliwack Museum and Archives is seeking the following object donations for the Museum collection:
- Objects associated with Chilliwack residents affected by COVID-19
- Personal protective equipment (PPE) E.g., hand-sewn fabric masks
- Objects associated with the “New Normal,” which relate to life during quarantine. E.g., working from home; home-schooling; development of new pastimes or hobbies, such as gardening or home workouts; or dealing with isolation and social distancing
- Objects associated with front-line “essential” workers, including supermarket employees, medical staff, delivery workers, transit workers, or government employees
- Objects associated with significant events which have taken place during the pandemic, such as weddings, births, adoptions or funerals. E.g., Decorations from a social distancing birthday parade
- Objects relating to closures and cancellations faced by individuals, local businesses, schools, and religious or cultural institutions. E.g., Physical distancing signs from local businesses – once they are no longer needed
- Objects related to those who have lost work as a result of the pandemic
Objects must be tied to the community of Chilliwack and/or its residents.
Objects collected at the Museum must fit within a strict collection policy and, unfortunately, we cannot accept every object offered to us.