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Reimer Family "Porchtrait" 2020

Title

Reimer Family "Porchtrait" 2020

Subject

COVID-19

Coronavirus infections

Families

People

Description

The Reimers shared, "Sheltering in place has been a positive experience for us in our family of six. We have appreciated living in a multi-generational household. Grandma and Grandpa, Paul and Sharon Reimer, have stayed at home or taken walks close to home most of the time. Mom and Dad, Johann and Laura Reimer, have continued to work their essential jobs. Luka is in first grade and does school online every day, continues his piano lessons online and reads a lot. Anika, 4, enjoys school with Luka, playing outside, and tending our flock of chickens. All of us garden together, play games, walk and bike, the kids even scooter and skateboard. The children have invented a way of playing PIG with neighbors across the street. They each have their own basketball and hoop, and take turns shooting one after the other. When they are done they give air high fives!"

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

2020-05-01

Contributor

Reimer, Laura

Reimer, Johann

Reimer, Paul

Reimer, Sharon

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_2661a.jpg

Coverage

Hesston (Kan.)

Kansas

2020s


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Citation
Miller, Emily, “Reimer Family "Porchtrait" 2020,” Hesston Public Library, accessed December 5, 2020, https://hesston.digitalsckls.info/item/1794.