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COVID-19 Collections Donations


 

 

The State Museum’s Collection Department has begun accepting object donations again, following the safety guidelines set forth by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) and Accelerate SC. Guidelines can be found on our Donation Webpage.

As South Carolinians react to recent policies and recommendations aimed to restrict the virus’s spread, we wish to document and preserve the materials and stories that demonstrate the impact of the coronavirus and COVID-19 in our state.

There are many ways you can help us document this experience in South Carolina. One way you can help is to keep a journal and save images, videos, art, and objects. This pandemic affects us all differently. The stories and materials you save now can later be collected to document, study, and share these experiences in the future. Consider what physical items have become essential to your daily life, both in and outside of your home.

• What objects will future generations need to see and understand how our lives were changed by coronavirus?

• What objects helped you and your family pass the time?

• Have you had to purchase anything specifically because of your work during the pandemic?

• What things have meant the most you during this time?

• Are there things you had to adapt or repurpose to use during this time?

• Have you created things – signs, art, music, etc?

• Are there objects that help you practice social distancing or self-isolate?

• Are there special objects that help you continue to communicate, work, commute, learn, teach, create, pray, celebrate, mourn, and give aid to others?

• Are you a business owner, artist or maker who has shifted your focus to produce other material as a result of this virus?

In this challenging time, we want to hear from you. Your contributions will help us continue telling the rich and meaningful stories that connect South Carolinians with future generations.

If you have an item you are interested in donating, please submit an Object Information Request Form and a member of the museum’s Collections staff will reach out to you.