“It is a substantial and vivid reminder that for many Wisconsinites, COVID has been a life-changing experience,” O’Keeffe said of the memorial.
Since the pandemic began, the historical society has collected items like masks, vaccine vials and personal journals to chronicle how people and institutions responded to the pandemic.
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The display of thousands of ribbons has been on display since this spring outside the Trinity United Methodist Church on Madison’s Near West Side. The ribbons will be moved to the historical society’s collection as part of an ongoing effort to document the pandemic’s impact on the state, said Kara O’Keeffe, a spokesperson for the historical society.
The ribbons will be collected Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. outside the church at 1123 Vilas Ave., O’Keeffe said.