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Galt looks to preserve piece of COVID history

By Lethbridge Herald on December 30, 2021.

The Galt Museum is in need of a used COVID-19 home test for a collection of cultural objects.
The museum is specifically asking a resident to donate a COVID-19 kit from Alberta Health Services.
Collections technician Kevin MacLean says the museum has been working hard to document material people in the community have created or used during the pandemic in the past 21 months.
“These objects start to look so common that we barely realize we see them, but that won’t always be the case. We want to document what objects residents in Lethbridge and southern Alberta used to stay safe and get through this challenging period in our history,” MacLean says in a press release.
Any interested southern Albertans can email the museum at or tag the museum on posts about the kits that include photos and a story.
“We would love to get pictures of picking up the kit, the kit in the home, the tests in use, or even humourous pictures of the kit,” MacLean says.
Some questions museum staff want people to write about include:
* Why should the museum add *your* free home test kit to the collection of cultural objects?
* How did having the free home test kit at home help you to enjoy (or not) the holiday season?
* What did including taking those tests as part of the holidays mean to you?
* How has this holiday been different for you – either last year’s holiday season or holiday seasons decades ago – because you had the free home test kit?
All responses received before Jan. 3 will be considered with an official donor being selected by Jan. 14. The donor and family will be offered a tour of the museum’s vaults to learn more about how their kit will be cared for and made available to the public for future exhibits or research.

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