The hugely significant events of 2020 will be with us for years to come. By March of 2020, history was made daily, right before our eyes, and Hindsight 2020 is our attempt to capture it through rapid response collecting. Hindsight 2020 will be a community collecting initiative to document the events of 2020 and beyond, and their impact on our local community. From a global COVID-19 pandemic that affected every facet of life, to the murder of George Floyd and expansion of the Black Lives Matter movement, to an election unlike any other, there are many local stories to collect, preserve, and share.
The Dubuque County Historical Society is dedicated to collecting around major moments in recent history and preserving items that may be difficult to collect in the future - by asking you, our community, to help.
Rather than focusing on the prominent and the powerful, Hindsight 2020 will highlight the diverse stories and experiences of everyday people of the greater Dubuque area.
Why should we collect these materials?
History forms in every single moment and in every individual. The past shapes our present, just as our present shapes the future. Understanding how we fit into our world requires a lot of personal work, but museums can help people on that journey.
It may seem like an oxymoron for a historical society to collect archival materials and artifacts from current events, but our present will be the past for future generations. In order for our children and their children to understand what it was like to live through the year 2020, we have a responsibility to collect the local stories to illuminate, illustrate, and preserve these pivotal moments.