Lower Cape Fear Historical Society collecting content for future pandemic exhibit

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WILMINGTON, NC (NC) — The Lower Cape Fear Historical Society has announced a community-wide outreach effort to capture what life was like in the region during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The purpose of Project for Posterity is to personify the pandemic and the resulting economy and racial challenges the Cape Fear has been facing.

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“What we’re really trying to do with this is get the community involved in helping us document this period in time so future generations will have a better idea of what happened,” said Jennifer Reed, Director of Development and Public Relations with the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society.

They’re asking the public to get involved by donating digital items that can be included in the exhibit.

“We’re asking people to provide us items to us digitally so it could be anything from photographs, video, or even written word because I know folks are keeping journals during this time,” Reed said. “What we want to do is take those to build an exhibit down the road.”

The exhibit would be presented to the public in about a year or two including both digital and 3-dimensional objects.

“There’s been so much that has gone on in the past few months and it’s so colorful,” Reed said. “We want to make sure those stories are the ones that are told, we want to humanize this.”

Some of the digital materials they’re wanting people to submit include:

  • Artifacts
  • Artistic reflections
  • Business and restaurant signage about closures, fundraising initiatives, social distancing measures, and amended menus
  • Government issued posters, reports, and decrees concerning public health and safety
  • Local and mutual aid organizations’ flyers, newsletters, mass mailings, records, and reports
  • Lesson plans and other educational material related to remote learning and homeschooling
  • Personal correspondence and journals
  • Photographs of closed businesses, hospitals and temporary medical facilities, social distancing, homeschooling, and religious activity
  • Video and audio diaries, journal entries, and reflections

There is a form on the museum’s website that will allow you to write your story and upload digital items to the museum. For questions, contact the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society at 910-762-0492.