Collecting COVID-19 Project – April 9, 2020

Effective Monday, September 20, 2021, everyone 12 years of age and older will be required to show government-issued proof of vaccination, a negative privately-purchased COVID-19 test, or documentation of a medical exemption upon entry to the Fort Heritage Precinct. Click here for more information.

The Fort Heritage Precinct would like to invite Fort Saskatchewan residents of all ages to document their experiences of the COVID-19 Pandemic in written form. During these unprecedented times, it is important to document events around the world and our country on a local and individual level.

Personal correspondence (e.g., letters from WWII) can provide future historians and residents with a greater understanding of how the COVID-19 Pandemic affected people in our community. Public health measures such as physical distancing, quarantining, working from home, school and business closures, event cancellations, and the immediate and long-range impact on the economy has upended how we understand our world and how we interact with it. Letters, diaries, email correspondence, and Twitter threads, or however you may wish to document your experiences, will be of immense benefit to documenting the City of Fort Saskatchewan’s history.

History is happening; write it down.

Any letters, journals, copies of digital correspondence, social media posts, etc., donated to the Fort Heritage Precinct that document the current pandemic will be accessioned and cataloged into our permanent collection for future research and exhibits following the Privacy Act of Canada regulations.

We will issue a call for donations of written documents at a later date when it will be safe to collect paper donations. Digital donations (emails, social media posts, etc.) may be accepted at any time by contacting the curator.

In addition to archival documents, we will also be accepting photographs, art, poetry, or any local material culture related to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

If you have any questions regarding our call for “COVID-19 Letters to the Archives,” please contact the Fort Heritage Precinct Curator, Kyle Bjornson: KBjornson@fortsask.ca.

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