Historic. U nprecedented.

You've likely seen and read these words dozens of times. You may have even thought them yourself.

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all our lives. Here at the Lepage Center, our events are canceled. Our facilities are closed. University classes have moved online. Commencement ceremonies for graduating seniors will occur virtually.

Yet, our mission endures. We exist to bring historical scholarship and historical perspective to bear on contemporary issues.

If ever there was a moment when history mattered to help us makes sense of what we are living through--and how we got here--this is one. There is precedent for what we are experiencing. Historians and historical scholarship can help us to understand why events have unfolded as they have and untangle complex histories that inform our actions and our thoughts.

This special newsletter seeks to bring some historical perspective to the COVID-19 pandemic.