Pandemic Postcard Project

Participate in this community-wide initiative to share your experiences of COVID-19 in 2020 with future generations.

Why does The Reach want to keep a record of my experiences during COVID-19?

Abbotsford has a rich history and The Reach maintains an archival collection of documents that tell stories about the community and the people who have lived here since the nineteenth century. Our collection allows us to learn about others who lived through trying times. For example, Margaret Hutchison Weir was a resident of Abbotsford during the Spanish flu pandemic in 1918.

Through the Pandemic Postcard Project, The Reach will continue to preserve the memories of our community during significant moments in our history.

 

Who should participate?

This project is for everyone regardless of your age or background. We want to hear your unique perspective on life in Abbotsford during COVID-19.

How do I participate?

STEP 1: PICK IT UP

Starting on Friday, July 3, pick up a postcard from The Reach Gallery Museum or Fraser Valley Regional Library ‘s Clearbrook Branch.

STEP 2: RECORD YOUR MEMORIES

Write a message or draw a picture that will remind your future self of your experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Don’t forget to include your first name and age with your submission.

STEP 3: DROP IT OFF:

There are a few ways to share your postcard with us:

  • Add a stamp to the postcard and pop it in the mail
  • Drop off your completed postcard at The Reach during our hours of operation (Tuesday to Friday, 10 am to 5 pm or Saturday, 12 pm to 5 pm)
  • After hours, you can drop your postcard in the mail slot at our front door (on the bottom left door at the front entrance)

We’re encouraged by the good work being done by Literacy Alberni – who started the Pandemic Postcard Project in Port Alberni, BC. Read more about their project here!