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New virtual exhibit by UWEC examines history of the public health crisis

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EAU CLAIRE (WQOW) - A new UW-Eau Claire exhibit is taking visitors through the past to better understand the present.

Put on by UW-Eau Claire students, the virtual exhibit dubbed 'The Individual, the Collective, and the Crisis: Public Health in Rural Wisconsin' takes visitors through the early 20th Century until today.

According to the faculty lead on the project, the goal of the exhibit is to expand on the history and understanding of what constitutes as a public health crisis, while examining responses to the crisis itself like the Spanish Flu Pandemic, and smallpox outbreaks.

"We spend more time on the 1918 pandemic because it was so big, and it was so catastrophic, and it has such broad reaching effects. It is the closest parallel to what we are going through right now, and so those are the instances when we can look back on those and see mistakes made or things that we could have changed," said Dr. Cheryl Jiménez Frei, a UW-Eau Claire assistant history professor, and project lead.

Holding the exhibit virtually rather than in-person was chosen due to accessibility for visitors, and is completely free.

A link to view it can be found here.

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