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Collected Item: “Silver Linings Mini Oral History with Bonnie Brainard, 02/23/2021”


Silver Linings Mini Oral History with Bonnie Brainard, 02/23/2021

Who conducted the interview? List all names, separated by comma.

Fitria Hardono

Who was interviewed? List all names, separated by commas.

Bonnie Brainard

Email Address(es) for all interviewers. Separated by comma.


If this oral history is related to research conducted in association with an institution (e.g. a museum, university, library), please include the name of the institution. If you are a faculty member or student conducting research, please provide the name of your school.

Arizona State University

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HST 494, Arizona State University, SilverJOTPY, Family, Hobbies

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In what ZIP code is the primary residence of the interviewee? (enter 5-digit ZIP code; for example, 00544 or 94305)? In what city/town/village does the interviewee live? In what country does the interviewee live? All comma-separated.

Grants Pass, Oregon, United States

What is the gender of the interviewee? Be sure to allow interviewees to self-identify their gender in the pre-interview or interview. *Do not assign a gender identity to interviewees.*


What is the age of the interviewee?

65 to 74

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Describe the oral history.

Fitria Hardono 0:00
Hi, my name is Fitria Hardono. And I'm an undergraduate student at ASU enrolled in history 494. The date is February 23, 2021. The time is 8:56pm. And I'm speaking with Bonnie Brainard.

I want to ask you a question about your pandemic experience. But before I do, I would like to ask for your consent to record this response for the COVID-19 archive. The COVID. The COVID-19 archive is a digital archive at ASU that is collecting pandemic experiences. Do I have your consent to record your response and add it to the archive with your name?

Bonnie Brainard 0:49
Yes, you do.

Fitria Hardono 0:50
Thank you. First, can you tell me your name, age, race and where you live?

Bonnie Brainard 0:58
My name is Bonnie Brainard. My age is 67. And I don't remember...

Fitria Hardono 1:06
Your race.

Bonnie Brainard 1:08
I'm white, and I live in Grants Pass, Oregon, United States.

Fitria Hardono 1:13
Thank you. Now I'd like to ask you a quick question about the pandemic. We've experienced a lot of changes in 2020. And unfortunately, many of those have been negative and disruptive. But perhaps it's not entirely bad. What's one positive thing you've experienced during the pandemic?

Bonnie Brainard 1:34
Um, I guess I would have to say, interestingly, spending a lot more time not socializing.

Fitria Hardono 1:44
Not socializing.

Bonnie Brainard 1:47
Spending more time at home. And just finding more things to do here that don't require going out and spending a lot of money or a lot of time with other people or I've kind of enjoyed having the time to myself.

Fitria Hardono 2:04
What kind of interests you found during the pandemic?

Bonnie Brainard 2:07
I found an interest in gardening that I had never had in my entire life. And my grandson and I started taking walks along the railroad tracks because it's a place we could go where no one else is. And we could just walk and not worry about running into people or whether or not anyone was wearing a mask.

Fitria Hardono 2:29
Oh, that is clever. A good idea. That's the only question I have.

Bonnie Brainard 2:35

Fitria Hardono 2:36
Thank you very much for your time today.

Bonnie Brainard 2:38
Thank you.

Transcribed by https://otter.ai

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