HistoryMiami Preserving 2020

While most of us want to forget 2020, a South Florida institution is trying to encapsulate it.

The HistoryMiami Museum is collecting all things 2020 with a focus on the COVID-19 pandemic, racial justice and the Black Lives Matter movement, the elections.

Museum Executive Director Jorge Zamanillo says they collect "what was happening in everyday life" and preserve items all the time, "but this year we felt we really need to be cognizant of what was going on and make sure that we were documenting it."

Some items have already been collected including the Grim Reaper costume worn by a lawyer who walked Florida beaches this summer warning people of the dangers of mass gatherings amid the coronavirus.

The museum also has some used vials of the COVID-19 vaccine and information cards given out by the federal government.

A Bam Adebayo playoff worn Miami Heat jersey with the Black Lives Matter message is in the collection. So are campaign posters for Daniella Levine Cava, who has become Miami-Dade County's first female mayor.

While a display is already up, Zamanillo says it will continue to evolve as the collection grows. "Our hope is, in when we look back on this in ten, 15, 20 years we'll have gathered enough items to fully document what happened in 2020."

Audio, video and written stories can be submitted directly through the museum's website.

A form must be filled out before donating a physical item.

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