Behind The Face Mask: An Oral History Project

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With the spread of a pandemic comes a wave of new experiences, different opinions, and wide-ranging viewpoints. However, there is one thing that we can all agree on when it comes to COVID-19: this is an incredibly impactful moment in history. A moment that not only needs preserved, but explored. This is the mission behind the OCCE’s COVID-19 Oral History Project, Behind The Face Mask. 

In partnership with the ZSR Library and MUSE Winston-Salem, the OCCE assembled a team of 15 Wake Forest students with a variety of different backgrounds and skill-sets to tackle the challenge of documenting this unprecedented time and creating the podcast, Behind The Face Mask: Stories of COVID-19. Students interviewed local community members about the ways in which COVID-19 has impacted healthcare, small businesses, and racial inequality in Winston-Salem.

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About The Project

The COVID-19 Oral History Project archived oral history interviews and created the Behind The Face Mask: Stories of COVID-19 podcast to preserve the experiences of Winston-Salem residents during the pandemic. Records of interviews recorded for the podcast are archived in the ZSR Library for future research.

Throughout the duration of the project, Wake Forest students were split into five small teams: Archive, Podcast, Local Business, Health Care, and Racial Justice. Learn more about the students that created Behind The Face Mask: Stories of COVID-19, here.

Meet the team from Behind The Face Mask

ZSR Archive

Beginning in September, each individual interview featured in Behind The Face Mask: Stories of COVID-19 will be available via the ZSR Library Digital Archive, as part of the Winston-Salem & Forsyth County Collections.

These resources are available to the general public at no cost and include complete interview transcripts and further information about the interviewees.

Listen to over 17 hours of in-depth interviews from members of the Winston-Salem community on the effect of COVID-19.

September 2020: ZSR Digital Archive