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Historical Society solicits community stories to document pandemic for future generations

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The Nevada Historical Society is focusing on much more than the long-ago history highlighted in its museum exhibits during the coronavirus pandemic. It’s working to preserve history in the making during this unprecedented time of social distancing.

The nonprofit is collecting stories from Nevadans documenting how they’re spending their days as they shelter in place, what they’ve learned about themselves, friends and family that helps them through uncertain times, and what stories from Nevada’s past or present are heartening and encouraging.

“Documenting your experiences can help provide guidance, reassurance, and resources now and for our future community leaders and members,” said NHS Director Catherine Magee, Ph.D. “We ask you to share your experiences with us and your neighbors—as a way to stay in touch with each other, express our gratitude, and as a way to write down our feelings, stories, and moments of bravery during these uncertain times.”

NHS is collecting stories by mail and email to add to the historical record in the NHS Research Library collection. An online form is available to make submitting a story easier. It’s available at https://www.nvhistoricalsociety.org/4044-2/. Letters can also be mailed to Nevada Historical Society at 1650 North Virginia Street, Reno, NV 89503.

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