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Wellington County Museum and Archives asks residents to document their quarantine

For Archives Awareness Week, WCMA wants residents to write their activities and thoughts down and donate them for record keeping
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The Wellington County Museum and Archives is located on 0536 Wellington County rd. 18 in Fergus. Keegan Kozolanka/GuelphToday file photo

WELLINGTON COUNTY – The Wellington County Museum and Archives (WCMA) is asking residents to document this unprecedented time in history.

For Archives Awareness Week, WCMA encourages people to write a journal, take a photograph, make a drawing or any way you can think of to make a record during the COVID-19 quarantine. 

“This is an unprecedented point in history and trying to collect in the future after something has happened is always difficult,” said Karen Wagner, archivist at WCMA. “So if people think about writing a journal right while we’re in this moment … then we will have a record for future generations.”

Wagner suggested this could be a good activity for children going back to school. They could write down their daily activities or reflect on the week as a whole. 

She said people used to do daily writings a lot more often in the past.

“We just don’t take the time to write our daily activities down anymore,” Wagner said. “It would give anybody of any age something to do.”

Residents can write long hand on physical paper or keep a digital journal. Either way, Wagner asked that residents submit their record at www.wellington.ca/museum or email her directly at karenw@wellington.ca

“If people are writing down something long hand they could always scan it or take a photograph with their camera and email it,” she said.

Wagner said she wants people to know the archives and exist and encourages people to use it after the pandemic.

“We’re hoping to make the public more aware of their municipal community archives like orus and to let them know we are collecting a moment in history,” she said. 


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