Silver City Museum Goes Digital During Lockdown, Starting with virtual TB lecture

April 20, 2020 Carlos Arreola

Like most places, the Silver City Museum is closed as part of a coordinated community response to the ongoing spread of COVID-19. Taking all precautions in solidarity with our community, the staff is working remotely to roll out an ambitious multi-media plan to engage the public with local history during these uncertain times.

Image Caption: Dr. Twana Sparks, local historian, physician, and author, will speak about the tuberculosis pandemic that caused a wave of migration to our region, and what sort of treatment awaited these health-seekers. 

The plan includes online lectures and a bedtime stories series, Silver City quizzes, downloadable activities on famous figures from local history, and a virtual exhibit. These will all be found on the Museum’s newly redesigned website, www.silvercitymuseum.org. Website visitors can also sign up for the email list to get links and reminders of upcoming events, and of course those who like or follow the Museum on Facebook will get updates, links, and fascinating tidbits. 

The Museum’s first virtual Lecture will take place via Zoom on April 25th, at 11am. Dr. Twana Sparks, local historian, physician, and author of Ping Pong Balls and Donkey’s Milk: The History of Tuberculosis in Southwest New Mexico, will speak about the historic pandemic that brought TB patients here from far and wide, and what sort of treatment awaited these health-seekers. 

To attend this first virtual event either email education@silvercitymuseum.org, respond to the event on the Museum’s Facebook page or go directly to this Virtual Zoom Event: https://zoom.us/j/91938052072  . Attendees can download a conferencing program called Zoom, or simply click on the link provided to use the web version. If you cannot listen to audio through your computer, use the call-in phone number provided. 

All of these platforms are interactive, and audience participation and feedback is welcome and encouraged.

The Silver City Museum creates opportunities for residents and visitors to explore, understand, and celebrate the rich and diverse cultural heritage of southwestern New Mexico by collecting, preserving, researching, and interpreting the region’s unique history. It is nationally recognized through its accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums.

For more information, please contact the museum at (575) 538-5921 education@silvercitymuseum.org , or visit the museum’s website: www.silvercitymuseum.org

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