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Quarantine Quandary

Postcard Project

To have a historical record of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on Jamestown, JHS sent out a request: “Make a postcard out of anything on hand, don’t go buy anything. On one side, record a short note about what you are doing while staying at home. On the other side, the important one, create a visual rendering of what you are doing or feeling during this unprecedented time “

Almost 100 postcards arrived.  All are in the JHS catalog. [Accession A2020.150]

The Quandary: What have you done to stay safe and have fun at home?

Postcards - A Selection

March 2020

Governor Raimondo closes schools and mandates long distance learning.  Charlene Tuttle and her colleagues at Jamestown Schools encourage their students to participate in the Quarantine Quandary

Dear Anyone reading this in the far or near future…

Right now life is not easy! Everyone’s in quarantine stuck in there homes, only the business dubed essential are still working. I’m 9yrs so right now is even harder. Now instead of attending school I’m sitting in front of computer doing math programs! And every time I turn on the TV to watch some anime on netflix I hear news about someone dying from covid 19. It’s a hard life now….

Chris age 9  – April 19, 2020

May 2020

A great thank you to Charlene Tuttle and her colleagues at Jamestown Schools for their input in getting news of this project out. And thank you to all the students who participated!

Lawn Avenue School Art Assignment

Lawn Avenue School Art teacher Stephanie Pamula’s class takes on the project of creating a postcard that details their lives at home since the COVID-19 outbreak.

We wait for something.

Not sure what. We stay up late to wake early to educate ourselves on the crisis we are amid. We are Cautious, Patient as we wait lined up outside of stores. Hopeful….We are stuck fighting against something we know nothing about. People out there, loved ones fighting for their lives. Still we Rise. Maybe not against this virus, but something greater we find at the end of it all. That is what we wait for…..

Lila – 6-1 Lawn School

Summer and Fall 2020

As we enter phase 3 of re-opening Rhode Island, postcards are still coming in from Jamestown residents telling us what they are doing while wearing masks and social distancing during the COVID-19 epidemic.

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