Like it or not, we are living through history right now. It has been over a hundred years since the world experienced a pandemic of this magnitude.
Both the Dekalb History Center and Atlanta History Center are putting together archives from this time, to document it for people in the future.
Both are collecting newspaper stories, government announcements, CDC guidelines and other official documents. But they’d like your help to chronicle the personal impact of the outbreak. How cool is that?
Want to participate? Ideas and instructions are just below.
And if you know of another local history initiative that we should add here, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Dekalb History Center
The Dekalb History Center is asking residents to share stories and personal anecdotes. You decide on the topic. You might write about your family’s coping strategies, how your work or schooling was affected, and even how you mourned your losses.
Did you learn a new hobby? Create a pandemic playlist? Help a neighbor? Learn something about yourself? The history center wants to hear about it.
Atlanta History Center
The effort here is similar. Everything must be contributed online at the present — go here to make a submission.
After restrictions are lifted, you can donate physical items in person or arrange for them to be picked up.
In a blog post, the Atlanta History Center explains the initiative:
Over the past few weeks, our world has changed rapidly as we all adapt to the measures to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic. Though you may not realize it, you’re already documenting this time of constant change. You create the historic record when you take a photo of something that makes you feel more connected while self-isolating.
Maybe you’ve seen a sign, received an email, or in some other way have connected with the rapidly changing world in the wake of Coronavirus. Perhaps it was the empty toilet paper aisle at Kroger, a furlough notice, the cancellation of a planned trip, emails from your child’s school, or a note to an at-risk loved one. Maybe it’s the receipt for a donation you made to support a local small business or essential employee.
Click here for a list of ideas and people the History Center would like to hear from — including healthcare professionals, first responders, local businesses, educators, caregivers, parents, and more.
Bandy Heritage Center
Another initiative comes from the Bandy Heritage Center for Northwest Georgia at Dalton State.
This one is limited to more official documents — like copies of local government, school, business, and church announcements related to the crisis.
All contributions must be made online.
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