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Locked Down: An Oral History of the Covid-19 Virus in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle

Project creators



Julia Sandy
Associate Professor of History
Shepherd University


Keith Alexander
Associate Professor of History
Shepherd University

About the project

“Locked Down: An Oral History of the Covid-19 Virus in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle" collects stories about how the global pandemic shapes the lives of people in vulnerable Appalachian communities. 

The Shepherd University Department of History launched its oral history project, “Locked Down,” to achieve three goals: 1) To collect the stories of individuals living in the Eastern Panhandle, which includes many economically and socially underserved populations; 2) To provide oral history training and internship experiences to our students who found their planned summer internships cancelled because of the pandemic; and 3) To share our findings with the public – through presentations and forums, as well as online availability of the recordings. 

The project has also received a grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council to conduct training and offer summer internships for Shepherd University students. During the summer of 2020 students conducted and transcribed 27 interviews. Interviewees included Shepherd University students, faculty, and administrators, local teachers and students from grades K-12, community members and business owners, and local government officials.

General info:

Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Villanova, PA 19085
Tel: (610) 519-4660

Twitter: @LepageCtr

In person:

The Lepage Center is located on the campus of Villanova University, inside the St. Augustine Center, Room 410.

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