Massachusetts Historical Society


Reflecting on Repercussions of COVID-19: Frontline Workers


Jon Santiago, Physician, Boston Medical Center, and Massachusetts State Representative, 9th Suffolk District

Jasmine Laietmark, Funeral Director at Stanetsky Memorial Chapels

Emily Donahue, K-12 Educator

This is a hybrid event. The in-person reception starts at 5:30 and the program begins at 6:00. Register for how you plan to attend below.

In person, $10 per person fee, no charge for MHS Members or EBT Cardholders.

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Virtual, $5 per person fee, no charge for MHS Members or EBT Cardholders.

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It’s been two years since Massachusetts first shut down in the face of COVID-19. Frontline workers risked exposure to the virus every day in hospitals, funeral homes, grocery stores, and schools as they worked to perform essential functions. Policy makers and advisors researched which protocols and vaccines would keep us safe. Businesses and cultural institutions everywhere dealt with unprecedented losses of customers, closures, shortages of workers, and the need to create new protective protocols. These panel discussions reflect on various aspects of the past two years: our different experiences, how we adapted, and what we learned in the face of the pandemic.

Nobody has had a more intimate experience with the pandemic than frontline workers. Doctors faced an unknown and very contagious virus that brought about deaths in the thousands. Funeral directors had to enter the homes of people who had died from COVID to remove the bodies, only to tell families that there could be no gathering to remember the lost. Teachers pivoted to online classes, trying to teach, provide some socialization for isolated children, and remain vigilant for signs of neglect. Join us as these professionals offer their perspective while reflecting on their experience as frontline workers during a prolonged pandemic.

Hybrid Event

The in-person reception starts at 5:30 and the program will begin at 6:00.

The MHS maintains a high standard of COVID protection. We require all people entering our building to wear a face mask and provide proof of vaccination. As of 1 February 2022, this includes receiving an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccination along with a follow-up booster. Learn more about our COVID-19 protocols.

The virtual program begins at 6:00 PM and will be hosted on the video conference platform, Zoom. Registrants will receive a confirmation message with attendance information.

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