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Simmering "Porchtrait" 2020

Title

Simmering "Porchtrait" 2020

Subject

COVID-19

Coronavirus infections

Families

People

Description

John noted that he has spent as much time as possible during the stay-home time down at their pond, watching wildlife and fishing.

John and Molly wrote the following when they moved to Hesston, 10/27/95, saying it is "truer than ever in 2020."

Coming Home
Coming home to a place I’ve never been before
Seeds being planted in soil that’s never been torn
Angel of Grace, upon whose wings we are born
Into, this place called Home.
The wind in our face speaks of a passing storm
The wind, if you listen, tells of lives transformed
So tell me the story, the one that’s brought you here
Into this place called home.
The rising of the sun stirs a light within
Shining bright, God’s love knows no end
And Home we all come, to gather as one
Into this place called Home.
Angels of Grace, upon whose wings we are born
Into this place called Home.

In 2019-2020 a novel coronavirus mutated and spread around the world, causing a sometimes deadly disease in humans, commonly termed COVID-19. By early Spring 2020 it had arrived in Kansas, and Kansas Governor Laura Kelly closed school buildings March 17 for the remainder of the academic year, then issued a statewide "Stay Home order" to combat the spread of the disease. For about a month, Kansans were directed to stay at home unless performing a limited number of defined "essential activities." As custodians of Hesston history, the Hesston Public Library joined others in a project to document this unusual time, through informal portraits of families at home. Since part of the order named that outdoor activities with distance between households were still considered safe, many families posed on their front porches, and the mashup term "Porchtraits" was born.

Creator

Miller, Emily

Publisher

Hesston Public Library, Hesston, Kansas

Date

2020-05-05

Contributor

Simmering, John

Simmering, Molly

Rights

In Copyright In Copyright

All rights reserved. This image may not be used or reproduced in any form without the written permission of the publisher. For permission please contact the Hesston Public Library, hplnotifications@gmail.com.

Format

image/jpeg

Language

English

Type

Photographs

Identifier

Porchtrait_2751.jpg

Porchtrait_2754.jpg

Porchtrait_2763.jpg

Porchtrait_2766.jpg

Coverage

Hesston (Kan.)

Kansas

2020s


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Citation
Miller, Emily, “Simmering "Porchtrait" 2020,” Hesston Public Library, accessed September 29, 2020, https://hesston.digitalsckls.info/item/1791.