Historic Richmond Town Collecting Staten Island’s COVID-19 Experiences

How will the pandemic be remembered? Will future generations forget it? Historic Richmond Town is doing its part to make sure the borough’s experiences are collected and curated.

“We want to be able to tell the story of how COVID-19 affected Staten Island. And we wanted to make sure that we were able to capture the material culture of what’s going on in the pandemic,” explained Jessica Phillips, the Executive Director and CEO of Historic Richmond Town.

Phillips said Historic Richmond Town welcome the donation of artifacts, for example: homemade masks and artwork.

“All the rainbows in the windows! We would love it if people would donate their rainbows when they are done with them.”

There is no fee to donate items. Once received, the artifact is reviewed and if accepted into the collection, preserved forever, according to Phillips.

Historic Richmond Town is also collecting time capsules from 2020 to be opened and displayed in an exhibit in 2030. To learn more about these preservation programs go to historicrichmondtown.org.

Photo courtesy @jaysdmc on Instagram.