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Historical Society wants your 2020 artifacts

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Posted at 6:03 PM, Jul 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-14 18:43:17-04

CLEVELAND — There’s no denying that 2020 has been a year we’ll never forget. From COVID-19 to the racial protests, we’re living through history, but what if you’re not alive right now? One group is already thinking about preserving artifacts for the next generation.

"When the coronavirus hit, we knew that we had to be collecting in the moment," says Kelly Falcone-Hall, Chief Executive Officer of the Western Reserve Historical Society.

With collections ranging from fine arts to the domestic arts, it’s something the WRHS has done for 153 years for Cleveland and the rest of Northeast Ohio.

"We can't write the history books without the evidence- hard evidence," says historian Doctor Reginnia Williams.

That’s why the Historical Society is hoping people will share with them their experiences at the protests as well as how COVID-19 has affected their lives. The society wants you to share videos of the protests or short interviews as well as pictures, clothing, and signs.

Because as Williams says, “as a historian, I can't do it without the evidence. Otherwise, it's just gossip. LOL!"

If you have artifacts to share, you can email kfalcone@wrhs.org.