LARAMIE, Wyo. — One can certainly say that life during the pandemic has been a rather peculiar time. But it has also served as a rare instance in which humankind has collectively shared such a dramatic experience.
To commemorate life during the pandemic over the past year, Wyomingites sent in their stories and shared their experiences about what living through COVID-19 has been like. A new website shows some of the many fascinating donations shared with the Wyoming State Archives, Wyoming State Museum, and the University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center (AHC) that help tell the history of the pandemic in Wyoming.
Included on the “COVID-19 in Wyoming” website are photos of homemade masks; COVID monologues from a performing arts studio; website messages from state officials, interviews of college students, protest photos, and television ads. These examples show the many ways the pandemic had an impact on life and illustrate how people are coping and thriving.
Bringing together these stories at the Wyoming State Archives, Wyoming State Museum and the AHC will paint a picture for what future generations see, hear, and understand about this unique time. With the new online platform, the Wyoming community can easily see the not-too-distant past and get some perspective on how far we’ve come since early 2020.