Museum Classroom: Legacy of a Pandemic (Primary/Junior)

Lesson: Legacy of a Pandemic Activity Book
Topic: Local History, Museums & Storytelling
Sub-Topic: Reflecting on the COVD-19 Pandemic
Grades: 1-6

Preliminary Discussion: Why Your Story Matters

At the St. Catharines Museum, it is our job look at the current global pandemic with a historical lens. It is part of the mission of the St. Catharines Museum to collect and tell the collective story of our community. So, it is important that we collect and preserve the stories and experiences of the people in our community to document how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our lives. We collect stories now, to preserve them for future generations.

Your story gives us a unique perspective and understanding of our community. Your experiences, perspectives, thoughts, opinions, and reflections help us paint a more detailed picture of the St. Catharines community at this very specific moment in time.

Why do you think it’s important for museums to collect the stories of their communities?

Activity: Legacy of a Pandemic Activity Booklet

To help you reflect and share your experiences, we’ve created the Legacy of a Pandemic Activity Booklet for you to compete. The booklet includes all sorts of creative and reflective prompts that you ca do independently or with siblings and/or parents/guardians.

We encourage you to contribute their Activity Booklet to the St. Catharines Museum’s Legacy of a Pandemic Project. Details for submission can be found at the bottom of the page.

You can download the Activity Booklet here:

Here is an example of a page you’ll find in the booklet:

Wrap-up: Discussion & Reflection

So, how did you like the Activity Booklet? Did you learn anything new about yourself or your family while completing the Activity Booklet?

Why do you think it’s important to submit your booklet to the St. Catharines Museum’s Legacy of a Pandemic Project? Are there other kinds of records or photographs that you would like to submit to the Museum to help tell your story? What can future generations learn from your submissions?

Legacy of a Pandemic Project: Submissions

The St. Catharines Museum is collecting written and photographic records of St. Catharines residents documenting your experiences of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

The St. Catharines Museum encourages residents to submit original copies of your records for inclusion into the Museum Collection, and to scan/photocopy duplicates for your own keeping.

If you would like to submit your piece to our Legacy of a Pandemic Project, please contact Adrian Petry, Visitor Services Coordinator of the St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre. Email us at museum@stcatharines.ca

Please fill out the form below and send it along with your submission.

3 comments

  1. I have four images I’d like to send for the Covid collection. I have filled out and saved the permission form from the Museum.
    How is best to attach and send the form and the images?
    Greg

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