About the Project

The Western Wisconsin Covid Archive is a rapid-response collection effort to document the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the Chippewa Valley, and archive everyday memories and experiences of the public health crisis. The archive is a collaborative project between the McIntyre Library and Public History Program at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and the Chippewa Valley Museum. Creating and collecting content for the archive is also a component of the Public History seminar courses (History 486/686) in 2020 and 2021.

Our project aims to archive oral histories and materials related to the Covid-19 pandemic and its impacts in the Chippewa Valley. It is our hope that the archive will allow communities and individuals to document their experiences living through the pandemic, and that it will also serve as an important resource to help scholars, policymakers, and researchers better understand its impact on the Chippewa Valley, rural areas, and Wisconsin as a whole.

Project team:

Cheryl Jiménez Frei, Assistant Professor, Department of History, UW-Eau Claire 

Greg Kocken, Archivist, McIntyre Library, UW-Eau Claire 

Jodi Kiffmeyer, Archivist, Chippewa Valley Museum 

In the spirit of documenting these times of social distancing, remote work, and everything that comes along with it, we've included pictures of our project team and UWEC public history students working to put this archive together.  For more information about the Chippewa Valley Covid-19 Archive,  please contact us at ChippewaValleyC19@gmail.com. 

Chippewa Valley Covid-19 Archive project team

Greg Kocken, Cheryl Jiménez Frei, and Jodi Kiffmeyer. 

UWEC Public History Students collaborating on the Covid-19 Archive

Left to right: Glenn Walborn, Dr. Jiménez Frei, Abby Jurusik, Jack Nord, Erin Hall, Jack Halls, Andrew Ziehr, Emily Brunschon, Shane Carlson, Nick Eggert, Isaiah Steig, and Victor Lokken. Not pictured: Karen Kilby and Alexander Michalski