“Collecting COVID-19” Needs Your Pandemic Story

Michigan — Few would argue that 2020 has been a typical year. Most would say it has had its generation-defining moments, and it is only June. Michigan residents can now document their own experiences with the global pandemic as part of the “Collecting COVID-19” project sponsored by The Michigan History Center.

Residents can submit their stories and even objects to become a part of the permanent archives of the State of Michigan. The idea for the project came from the realization that there are many government records from the 1918 influenza epidemic, but little is known about how average people dealt with the crisis. Thus, the “Collecting COVID-19” Project was created.

For inspiration, a list of questions is posted on the Michigan History Center website, and residents can download documents, audio and video recordings, and photos right from the website. The project is also looking for objects like name badges from front line workers, hand-sewn masks, signs from stores regarding sold-out items, and other things that are unique to the COVID-19 crisis.

To find out more and to become a part of the record of history, visit michigan.gov/mhc.

Reporting for WGRT – Jennie McClelland