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Greenbrier Historical Society asks for public’s help documenting COVID-19 pandemic

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Lewisburg, W.Va. (WVVA) - The COVID-19 pandemic is not over, but already historical societies are working to document these times.

Greenbrier Historical Society has reopened the North House Museum in downtown Lewisburg. With that reopening the group is also collecting COVID-19 related documents, personal accounts, photographs and other materials for their archive.

Greenbrier Historical Society Executive Director Nora Venesky said the long-term hope is that the materials will benefit future researchers seeking information about life in Greenbrier Valley during this times. "We'd love people to go out, take photographs, write down their thoughts, their impressions of what's going on right now, if they do any artwork in response to the crisis- we'd love all of that to come into our collection and create a robust file," said Venesky.

Venesky said the Greenbrier Historical Society is following a trend of other historical societies in the nation by collecting pandemic related information. "I know a lot of people are referencing the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic and looking to that for reassurance we can get through this. So, we want to create that for 100 years from now, if this ever happens again," said Venesky.

To be included in the Greenbrier Historical Society's archives, the documents must come from the counties of Greenbrier, Pocahontas, Monroe, and Summers.

To share any materials with the Greenbrier Historical Society, scans and electronic files may be submitted via GHS’s website, or by email to archives@greenbrierhistorical.org.

Tours are now being given at the North House Museum but some modifications have been made to accommodate the safety of visitors and museum personnel. Visitors may tour the museum, but they must schedule the tour in advance by calling 304-645-3398 or booking directly through the Greenbrier Historical Society's website. Tours will be on the hour with the first tour of the day at 10 a.m. and the last tour at 3 p.m. Tours will last approximately 45 minutes and have a maximum capacity of 5 people. The Greenbrier Historical Society asks that all visitors wear a mask to protect themselves and of our staff and volunteers. GHS Staff will be wearing masks and extra masks are available at the front desk.

The North House Museum's archive is also open on an appointment-only basis.

Haley Brown

Multimedia Journalist

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