University Archives seeks contributions to pandemic experience project

first_imgA public health professor conducting research on COVID-19. An international student attending virtual classes in a different time zone. A staff member still reporting to work on an eerily quiet campus. A group of alumni sharing work from home tips. These are all valuable stories from a pandemic, and the Harvard University Archives wants to capture thousands like them with the new COVID-19 Community Archiving Project.The project aims to preserve history as it is happening by collecting multimedia, first-person documentation from the broad Harvard community.It is intended to show how thousands of Harvard students, alumni, faculty, and staff, plus Cambridge residents and business owners, experienced this pandemic. Through the project, Harvard University Archives (HUA) staff hope to learn about Harvard community members’ recent and daily experience; on campus, in the lab, at home, or elsewhere.“To do this project, we need your help,” archivists wrote on the project website. “We would like to collect the materials you are creating right now that document this time and submit them to this project for archiving and future research.”,HUA staff think the archive will provide valuable information for future historians, doctors and scientists, public policy experts, Harvard administrators, and others. It will illustrate for them how our community reacted to the COVID-19 pandemic, and how the community responded at Harvard and, with others, in helping to support the broader world.This idea was in part inspired by materials in our archives documenting Harvard’s experiences during the 1918 flu pandemic, which we are learning from today.Contributions to the project could include documentation of students’ last hours on campus; images of remote work spaces or University spaces repurposed during campus closures; screen captures of virtual teaching schedules or social media connecting Harvard community members; and artwork inspired by the “new normal.”Materials — in the form of digital photographs, text files, PDFs, spreadsheets, presentations, audio files, or video files — should be submitted using the COVID-19 Community Archiving Project submission form.If you are interested in submitting materials and have questions about the project, please see our frequently asked questions or contact Virginia Hunt, Associate University Archivist for Collection Development and Records Management Services. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Broward Summer Youth Program Teaches Environmental Appreciation

first_imgPhoto Courtesy of Broward Municipal Services District Broward County Parks’ Summer Recreation program now includes a NatureScape Broward Butterfly and Herb Garden Summer Program for the 50 children. The children include Caribbean-Americans, ages 6-10 attending Boulevard Gardens Community Center in the Broward Municipal Services District (BMSD). Broward County’s NatureScape staff, Habitat Steward volunteers from the National Wildlife Federation and University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Master Gardeners will educate youth on various environmental topics.Children will experience planting a butterfly garden in grow bags. They’ll also learn about the lifecycle of different species of butterflies, principles of environmental stewardship, caring for plants, holistic benefits of natural herbs and more. Upon completion, the youth will participate in a graduation ceremony.The educational program is a collaborative effort between Broward County’s Environmental Protection, Growth Management Department and Broward Parks and Recreation Division. The collaboration is in support of the BMSD Health Community Zone. The County and its partners, Boulevard Gardens Community Group, Inc., Broward Regional Health Planning Council, and TOUCH Broward have made this special program possible.Recently, members of Boulevard Gardens Home Owners Association attended a NatureScape presentation to learn about the Butterfly and Herb Garden Summer Program. Residents were given native plants to start their own backyard wildlife habitats. Health Foundation of South Florida is instrumental in providing opportunities for youth in the BMSD Healthy Community Zone to learn about the benefits of gardening and protecting natural habitat.NatureScape Broward promotes Florida-friendly landscapes that conserve water, protect water quality, and create wildlife habitat. It encourages the use of native plants that provide quality and sustainable food sources for resident and migrating wildlife. The NatureScape vision includes all Broward County residents and all types of properties – from backyards to public parks.The BMSD HCZ NatureScape Butterfly & Herb Garden Summer Program is a collaboration between BMSD Internal Committee members, Broward County Planning and Development Management Division, Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division, and Parks and Recreation.Copyright 2017 – Caribbean National Weekly Newslast_img read more