Lesson Plan: Museums Are Seeking Covid-19 Memorabilia
II. While Reading Activities
- artifacts |ˈärdəfakt| (British artefact) noun 1 an object made by a human being, typically an item of cultural or historical interest: gold and silver artifacts.
- journal |ˈjərnl| noun a daily record of news and events of a personal nature; a diary.
- frustration |frəˈstrāSH(ə)n| noun the feeling of being upset or annoyed, especially because of inability to change or achieve something: I sometimes feel like screaming with frustration.
- permanent |ˈpərmənənt| adjective lasting or intended to last or remain unchanged indefinitely: a permanent ban on the dumping of radioactive waste at sea | damage was not thought to be permanent | some temporary workers did not want a permanent job.
- curator |ˈkyo͝orˌādərkyo͝oˈrādərˈkyo͝orədər| noun -a keeper or custodian of a museum or other collection.
- donating |ˈdōˌnāt| verb [with object] give (money or goods) for a good cause, for example to a charity: the proceeds will be donated to an AIDS awareness charity.
- recall verb |rəˈkôl| [with object] bring (a fact, event, or situation) back into one’s mind, especially so as to recount it to others; remember: I can still vaguely recall being taken to the hospital
- depict |dəˈpikt| verb [with object] show or represent by a drawing, painting, or other art form.
- *struck a chord [idiom] 1- if something ‘strikes a chord‘, it causes people to approve of it or agree with it: His policy on childcare has struck a responsive chord with women voters. 2-If something strikes a chord, it causes people to remember something else because it is similar to it. His wearing the red bow tie struck a chord about her trip to the circus.
- mortality |môrˈtalədē| noun (plural mortalities) 1 the state of being subject to death: the work is increasingly haunted by thoughts of mortality.
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But some scholars and historians point to today’s challenges of depicting an event authentically and from many angles when there is still no end in sight to the pandemic. And, they ask, when everything is an artifact, what is truly historically important — and just whose Covid stories are being told in these archives, and whose are not?
Identify The Speakers
- Six-year-old Franklin Wong: “I did not go anywhere.”
- Tyree Boyd-Pates, 31, associate curator at the Autry: “Museums have a responsibility to meet history head on.”
- Mitchell Hartman, a retired commercial photographer: He has been walking the streets snapping photos of his native Queens, sharing images with the Museum of the City of New York.
- Jake Sheiner, out of work since mid-March: He has painted scenes of his home quarantine. They were collected by the University of Southern California Libraries.
- Bob McGinnis, who at 81 suffers from heart disease, obesity and compromised lungs: “It brings into sharp focus my mortality.”
- David Kennedy, a historian at Stanford University and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Freedom From Fear: “A successful museum of this kind should provide context and enable future visitors to understand the tenor and temper of the times, including inequities, racial and otherwise.”