Library of Michigan
A call for volunteers: The COVID-19 Pandemic has affected all of us in many different ways and we are all eyewitnesses to the events that have been unfolding the last few weeks. This is a time for us to record our daily experiences, thoughts, and feelings in diary form, either in writing or video. The Library of Michigan and Historical Society of Michigan envision collecting and preserving these stories. The goal is to preserve the stories of our daily lives during the crisis and to provide future historians, researchers, and students with information and data on life in Michigan communities during the Pandemic.
Please take the time each day to record your activities, thoughts, and/or feelings in diary form. The entries can be handwritten, typed, or in video format, and be as long or short as you want. Don’t worry about handwriting, spelling, or punctuation. The goal is to capture your personal experiences.
Sometimes it can be difficult to get started on that diary, or to think of what you might include in that diary. So, below are some things to think about, with regards to current events, to help you get started:
To submit a diary, please fill out the form at: http://sgiz.mobi/s3/COVID-19-Save-Your-Story. Entries may be submitted anonymously by putting the word "Anonymous" in the Name field on the form. Email Library of Michigan staff at Librarian@Michigan.gov if you have any questions or problems sending submissions.
Special thanks to the Special Collections and Archives Department of Wright State University Libraries for their advice during the development of this project. See information about their COVID-19 History Project on their Out of the Box blog page. Additional thanks to the Historical Society of Michigan in partnering on this project with the Library of Michigan.
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URL of submission form: http://sgiz.mobi/s3/COVID-19-Save-Your-Story
Social Media Hashtag: #SaveYourStory
How Keeping a Pandemic Journal Builds Students’ Historical Thinking Skills and Helps Them Cope - KQED PBS May 20, 2020
12 Ideas for Writing Through the Pandemic With The New York Times - The New York Times April 15, 2020
Last updated: 5/22/2020