Journal entries, photos and other records of this time, or past notable events, are being accepted through the Red Deer and District Archives’ online donation tool. (Black Press file photo).

Red Deer archives invites the public to use its new online donation tool

Memories of the pandemic and various notable events can be preserved

Red Deer has launched an online archive donation tool.

Red Deerians are invited to share their digital records of the pandemic and other events with the Red Deer and District Archives via a new online tool, launching in time for International Archives Week, June 8 to 14.

International Archives Week highlights the integral role that archives play in capturing and preserving historic events and experiences — such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

The tool will allow the archives to acquire records that will help future generations understand this event, says the city.

“Every Red Deerian has a story that contributes to the community’s experience of the pandemic,” said information management supervisor Darren Kuz.

“We want to collect as many records as we can, to help future generations look back to this time to see how our region was impacted.”

Photos, journals, written correspondence, maps, videos, sound recordings, podcasts, scrapbooks, and works of art will provide valuable insight into the past, says the city.

Donated records may be related to COVID-19, but this is not a requirement for submissions.

To learn more and donate your records, visit the city’s website.

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