Contemporary History Projects

Documenting this time in our history

This time in our history will be talked about for generations to come. As the Quad Cities Smithsonian Affiliate, we are reaching out to the community to ask you to help us document this time in our history. Are you keeping a journal? Have you posted hearts in your window? Are you making masks to donate to area hospitals, like our own Putnam Guild? Curator of History and Anthropology, Chrisitina Kastell shares her thoughts on how you can particpate as a "community historian" during this important time. 

Letter from Christina

Youth Journal

We are living during an extraordinary moment in history, and our kids have a story that other Quad City kids will want to hear many years from now. This journal provides an opportunity for our kids to document their experience through some fun activities. This journal shares guidance from Vera French Mental Health professionals on how to talk about the impact of COVID-19 on your family and on our community.

Download Youth Journal



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