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Frazier History Museum documents history in real time with Coronavirus Capsule project

Curators have received submissions from all over Kentucky, Indiana, and even the country and world.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kids will be reading about the coronavirus pandemic in history textbooks for years to come. As we live through such a historic moment, Frazier History Museum wanted to document everyone's thoughts and feelings.

The Coronavirus Capsule project started out as a partnership between the museum and Jefferson County Public Schools.

Kids were encouraged to submit their work depicting how they are feeling right now during this pandemic, but now it's become much bigger. Submission have come in from people of all ages, from all over the country and as far away as Morocco. 

"We were blown away immediately by the submissions and the quality of work," Frazier President & CEO Andy Treinen. "We know that there are these real feelings around it and we thought, we suspected that there was a need for people to express those feelings."

People are using stories, poems, videos, paintings – all kinds of mediums to document their feelings. The goal is to give people in the future an idea of what life was like during coronavirus.

“It’s just interesting to see it through different eyes and different lenses of what these stories are, and they’re deeply personal to people,” Frazier Director of Community Engagement Rachel Platt said. 

So far, the Frazier has gotten about 500 submissions. The exhibit is available digitally right now, but when the museum is able to open back up, you can see it in-person.

The University of Louisville will preserve the exhibit so people can go get an idea of the time period we are in well into the future.

"People in 100 years, when they’re studying the coronavirus or COVID-19 phenomena of 2019 and 2020, they will be able to see tangible things and digital things that represented the way the world felt about it at the time," Treinen said. 

If you want to submit your work to the coronavirus capsule, visit the Frazier History Museum website to read the submission guidelines.

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