MSV collecting items representing the pandemic, Black Lives Matter movement
The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) is implementing a new collecting method called “Rapid Response Collecting” to document current events that reflect change in the community and region.
As a first step, the museum is putting out a call for objects that speak to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement and protests in the Shenandoah Valley.
The MSV needs the community’s assistance in preserving items of impact such as a Black Lives Matter protest sign or a COVID-19 grocery list.
Other examples of items of impact the MSV would consider for acquisition are homemade signs, artwork, T-shirts, face masks and photographs from Black Lives Matter marches and protests; and face masks, at-home school curriculum, business signs (related to closures, take-out offerings, updated hours, etc.), grocery lists, furlough notices and artwork related to COVID-19.
If you would like to offer objects for consideration, send a description and a photograph to Curator of Collections Nick Powers at email@example.com and/or Registrar/Collections Manager Lauren Fleming at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Objects under consideration will follow a traditional acquisition process that involves assessment of the object, presentation to staff, and considerations of condition and long-term preservation.
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