UW-Stout looks back on student and staff reactions from one year ago

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MENOMONIE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Another one-year milestone is remembered today, as March 17, 2020, was the first day UW-Stout closed its campus.

Quickly recognizing how historic these events would become, the university archives started to conduct interviews. Hoping to record and be able to best remember the year’s events. For the one-year ‘covid-versary’, as Stout called it, the interviews were combined and shared with the public.

Heather Stecklein, University Archivist/Area Research Center Director said, “One of the things that really got us thinking about this project was how little we had about the previous world pandemic that hit our area. You know our campus did have to shut down a few times in the nineteen-teens and into nineteen twenty. It would close for a while and then reopen, and we had a little bit of information on that but not enough on what people were experiencing what they were feeling how their lives actually changed.”

These interviews are planned to extend into this year to record how the community has adapted.

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