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Used COVID-19 home test kit required by Galt Museum and Archives

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It might seem a bit odd to us now, but the Galt Museum and Archives wants a used COVID-19 home test kit for its collection.

A call for donations went out on the museum’s social media accounts earlier this week.

Collections Technician Kevin MacLean says they’ve been working hard to document the “material culture” people in Lethbridge have created or used during the pandemic.

He says objects like home test kits start to look so common that we barely realize we see them but that won’t always be the case.

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“We want to document what objects residents in Lethbridge and southern Alberta have used to stay safe and get through this challenging period in our history.” – Kevin MacLean, Collections Technician

Anyone interested in donating their used COVID-19 rapid antigen test is asked to submit their interest by emailing the Galt Museum or tagging it on social media posts about the kit.

Some info to include:

  • Why should the museum add *your* free home test kit to the collection of cultural objects?
  • How did having the free home test kit at home help you to enjoy (or not) the holiday season?
  • What did including taking those tests as part of the holidays mean to you?
  • How has this holiday been different for you — either last year’s holiday season or holiday seasons decades ago — because you had the free home test kit?

An official donor will be chosen my the middle of next month.

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