TEXAS CITY, Texas – Life is slowly returning to normal after 16 months of the coronavirus pandemic, which means virtual learning, wearing masks, window visits, etc. will be gone.
That’s why 82-year-old Okie Anderson wanted to create designs that reflect life as it is today. It preserves the pandemic for generations to come.
“I would like to have something from my grandmother, great grandmother, on the Spanish flu pandemic and so that’s what motivated me to start it, strictly for my family, not for commercial purposes. or something like that, ”Anderson said.
Her family loves the drawings she created representing: job loss, window visits, meeting Santa Claus through plexiglass, among 15 other drawings.
His daughter, Phyllis, contacted the Library of Congress in Washington, DC after hearing they wanted to better archive art like Anderson’s.
“They didn’t keep anything from the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, so they’re trying to address that by doing a COVID collection,” Anderson explained. “Library of Congress replied [Phyllis] and said ‘I find your mother’s drawings very intriguing.’ ”
Anderson will now donate his entire COVID collection to the library.
What started out as a way to pass the time in my forties turned into “a lot of excitement,” as Anderson put it.
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