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COVID-19 Oral History Interview Day at Waterbury Library

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The Vermont Historical Society will hold an interview day at the Waterbury Public Library on Feb. 13 as part of its ongoing oral history project, “Collecting COVID-19: A Vermont Story.”

The project was launched in 2022 to capture, preserve, and bring to the public the stories of Vermonters during the public health crisis, particularly those who worked on the front lines and shaped its response.

Interviews will be transcribed and incorporated into a publicly accessible database hosted by the Vermont Historical Society, and they will serve as a resource for researchers. Vermont Historical Society also will draw on these oral histories for a book and podcast about the pandemic in Vermont.

As part of this initiative, members of the society will visit Waterbury Public Library for a day of interviews from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The main question researchers are asking Vermonters is, “What was the experience of COVID-19 like for you?”

Individuals willing to share their stories are encouraged to sign up by calling the library at 802-244-7036 or by emailing rachel@waterburypubliclibrary.com.

“Collecting COVID-19: A Vermont Story” is supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Learn more about the project at vermonthistory.org/collecting-covid-19.

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