Gathering History Community Journal
How are you today?
This simple question takes on new meaning in the challenging times of COVID-19 and social distancing. Since history happens in our everyday lives, we want your daily life during the COVID-19 pandemic to become part of the historical record. Five Oaks Museum invites you to reflect on your new “everyday” routines and share your thoughts using our Community Journal questions. The Journal questions are currently in English, but we welcome responses in all languages. Given that the pandemic changes hour to hour, we would love to hear from you as often as you want! Feel free to submit multiple journal entries from different days and from multiple family member—all it takes is a piece of paper and a camera phone. We also welcome photographs, artwork, poetry, or anything else you’ve created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
By submitting to the Community Journal you agree to have your name and work collected and published in a public archive. For further details, please contact the Cultural Resources Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please take a photo of your response and email it to email@example.com with the subject line “Community Journal” (feel free to number them if you want to submit more than once!). All submissions will become part of a new archival collection documenting our lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. Once we’re on the other side of this, the Five Oaks Museum Community Journal will let us better understand how the pandemic impacted our community and what helped us make it through.
Gathering History At-Home Oral Histories
Want to reflect further on your life during COVID-19? We want to hear it! Five Oaks Museum invites you create an oral history from home that will become part of our archival collection documenting this historic time.
Using the link below, you’ll have the opportunity to respond to any or all of the following prompts. Be sure to say your name when you begin the interview.
(These will also appear at the top of the recording window.)
1. Please describe your experience with and personal response to the COVID-19 pandemic thus far.
2. How has your community responded to the COVID-19 pandemic?
3. Do you think society will change in the future because of this moment? If so, how do you think it will change?
By submitting to the Community Interviews, you agree to have your name and work collected and published in a public archive. For further details, please contact the Cultural Resources Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.