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Reflect and Remember: Pandemic Cuadernos

From the Manitos Community Memory Project

As the pandemic was in its first wave, the Manitos Project identified the need to document, in some way, pandemic experiences specific to our Manitos community in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. Parallels with our region’s unique response to the 1918 influenza epidemic were helpful in putting those experiences in perspective. The result is the digital publication of four cudernos or notebooks, contextualizing the results of that research and outreach.

Now the Pandemic Cuadernos are also available in a lovely, physical print set, as a free resource for classroom teachers, librarians, and individuals to reflect on the personal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The deluxe package includes a boxed set of four issues with stickers and a bookmark with prompts for reflection.

These cuadernos were created by Natasha Vasquez and Lily Padilla, students at the New Mexico Highlands University Media Arts and Technology program, who are interns for the Manitos Community Memory Project.

Funding for this project comes from the Andrew Mellon Foundation and from the American Rescue Plan, which provided funds for pandemic response and recovery through the New Mexico Humanities Council.

If you are interested in acquiring sets either for yourselves, your institution, or if you work with educators who might benefit from including these in their curriculum, please direct them to this Google form to request (free!) copies:
Learn more from a community archivist with the Manitos Community Memory Project, our own Claire Cote, at (575) 224-9066, or visit: http://nmdigitalheritage.org/s/manitos/page/welcome and https://manitos.net/2019/01/06/http-manitos-net-welcome-to-the-manitos-digital-resolana/