About this Project

The Western Wisconsin Covid Archive is a rapid-response collection effort to document and archive everyday memories, experiences, and effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in Western Wisconsin communities. The project is a collaboration between the Public History Program  and McIntyre Library at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and the Chippewa Valley Museum. Creating the site as well as collecting and preserving content was a component of UWEC Public History courses from 2020- 2022.

The archive is dedicated to preserving oral histories and digital artifacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as facilitiating open-access to these materials. Our goal is to create a repository that may serve as an important resource to help future scholars, students, policymakers, and researchers better understand the effects of the public health crisis in western Wisconsin and rural areas of the midwest.

For more information about the Western Wisconsin COVID-19 Archive,  please contact us at ChippewaValleyC19@gmail.com. 



In the spirit of documenting these times of social distancing, remote work, and everything that comes along with it, we have included pictures of our project team and UWEC public history students working to put this archive together. 

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