History-in-the-Making: Covid-19 exhibit

History-in-the-Making: Covid-19 Library Exhibit, on display through Sept 30, 2021 Community Reception - Fri 9/24, 3:45-4:45pm outside of the library

In Spring 2021, the HIST 181: Public History of the Pandemic explored the experience of living through the Covid-19 pandemic within the historical context of global pandemics' past. We were bolstered by the interdisciplinary experience and collaboration of students from History, the Sciences, and the Humanities. We were challenged by working on Community Engagement (CE) and Public History across modalities -- some of us in-person and some on Zoom. We witnessed struggle and suffering, but also joy and hope. We welcomed award-winning historians of medicine and filmmakers to support us in thinking through real challenges in rapid-historical-collection, oral histories, storytelling, data interpretation, and understanding from local, national, and global perspectives. This is history-in-the-making...real, evolving, and unfinished. 

We invite the Saint Mary's College community to join us in a brief time to reconnect with each other, ask questions of the students, and reflect a bit on the significant historical events that have dominated our recent past. 

The exhibit begins (or ends) on the first floor across from the Circulation Desk, where you can view some scientific explanations and artifacts related to the Covid-19 virus and pay your respects to those we have lost these past 18 months personally and as a community. Upstairs follow with a history of this pandemic in local and global perspective. Community Engagement students working with the SMC Health & Wellness Center have also created a video showcasing some of their documentary and oral history work on campus (HIST 181: Public History--Pandemic SMC video). Add your own post-it notes, artifacts, and memorial tributes for the archives. 

We thank our partners in the Health & Wellness Center, Teacher Education, CILSA, Mission & Ministry, the Library, the NEH Challenge Grant for Partners in Public History, and all the individuals who generously allowed the students to collect their oral histories for the SMC archives.