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Casper College wants your coronavirus memories for archiving project

Jenny Vass threads her vintage portable sewing machine while making protective masks on Monday, March 30, 2020. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. – How will you remember this moment in time a decade from now? How about in 20 years?

What will your grandchildren will think about the coronavirus pandemic? What would you like them to know about your experiences?

The hardships, anxiety, fear, unexpected joy. The technology we’re using to keep us connected while staying apart.

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The Casper College Western History Center wants to hear about those memories and preserve them for future generations.

This week they announced a plan to collect stories and photos from Casper citizens on their experiences during the coronavirus pandemic.

The effort aims to preserve people’s mood, feelings and individual experiences during an unprecedented moment of time.

“We are living through historic times,” said Casper College Western History Center archivist Vince Crolla by email.

“Here at the Western History Center, we keep a record of the history of Casper,” he said. “We are uniquely positioned and equipped to gather information at the grassroots level that we believe will be valuable to future historians.”

“People come to us to research events like the Spanish Flu in 1918 and they will come to us to learn about Covid-19 in the future.”

Crolla said the materials will be curated and preserved at the Western History Center at Casper College, and will be available to historians, researchers, students and the general public.

The project was announced on their Facebook page this week, which includes a link to a Google Document with a series of questions.

They range from basic name, age and info to specifics, such as how the pandemic has affected social and finances.

One question asks, “What do you think you will remember most from this time in 20 years? 50 years?”

People can answer or not answer any question they choose, only a valid email address is required.

The “Casper the During Covid-19 Pandemic” questionnaire is available here. Photos, files, letters or other materials related to the pandemic can be sent by email at

The Latest Statistics from the Wyoming Department of Health:

What to do if you are feeling sick: In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Casper-Natrona County Health Department says that people who are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms should contact their primary physician.

If you do not have a primary care provider, and live in Natrona County, please contact the COVID-19 hotline, operated by the Casper-Natrona County Department of Health. The line is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 577-9892. Hotline services are intended for Natrona County residents and may not be able to provide specific information to persons calling from out of county.

Officials ask that you please do not self-report to the Emergency Room. Persons experiencing problems breathing should call 9-11.

For general inquiries and non-symptom related questions about COVID-19, please contact the Casper-Natrona County Health Department via email:

  • Practice Social Distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

A list of area closures attributed to COVID-19 are available here.