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Cape Fear Museum seeking artifacts, photographs to document Covid-19 [Free read]

Public health nurses stand outside a drive-through tent where they will be administering nasal swabs for New Hanover County residents experiencing symptoms of Covid-19. (Port City Daily photo/Mark Darrough)
Public health nurses stand outside a drive-through tent where they will be administering nasal swabs for New Hanover County residents experiencing symptoms of Covid-19. (Port City Daily photo/Mark Darrough)

SOUTHEASTERN, N.C. — Though the pandemic isn’t over, Cape Fear Museum is asking the public not to throw away Covid-19 gear just yet.

The museum is seeking donations of objects and photographs that depict life in the Cape Fear region as the community lives through the coronavirus.

Preference will be given to donations that have a specific tie to the Cape Fear region, which the museum defines as an area spanning 50 miles outside of Wilmington.

Cape Fear Museum is specifically seeking objects and photographs that depict: life during stay-at-home orders, including working and schooling from home; the closure of businesses; frontline workers, both medical and in grocery stores; social distancing guidelines; any other aspects of life during the pandemic.

For a donation to be eligible, the donor must answer the following questions about the item:

  • What is the item?
  • Who used or made the item?
  • Where was the item used or made?
  • How does this item relate to the pandemic?
  • Is there a photograph of the item being used or made?

“The current coronavirus pandemic is an important event in history and residents are encouraged to save items that tell the COVID-19 story and would be a good contribution to the museum’s collection. Cape Fear Museum will preserve artifacts so that future generations will be able to learn about what is happening today,” the museum shared in a press release.

To donate an item, contact museum curator Heather Yenco at hyenco@nhcgov.com or 910-798-4359.


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