The Illinois State Museum (ISM) has announced a collecting Initiative. The collecting initiative will allow Illinois resident to share their stories that will be reflecting on their experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. The collecting initiative will be done to help benefit future generations.
The COVID-19 pandemic is an important part of history, and the Illinois State Museum wants to document how the pandemic is affecting the Illinois residents through its Share your Story: Illinois in the COVID-19 Pandemic collecting initiative. The people of Illinois are being requested by the ISM to help document life during the pandemic by sharing personal stories, written works, artwork, photos, or photos of objects.
The Museum is collecting residents’ submissions for preservation in its digital archive via its new online tool at https://bit.ly/347wTle. The ISM will be sharing some of the shared stories and photos on its social media platforms and in its online exhibition.
Illinois State Museum Curator of History, Erika Holst said, “As history is unfolding before our eyes, the Museum is committed to documenting the experiences of the people of this state.” Holst said that this is a tough time for everyone but we will come out of this together.
Holst said, “We want to hear from everyone. We’re all in this together, and everyone’s story is important. Whether you’re homeschooling your kids, a doctor on the front lines, or having to cancel your graduation party, we want to hear how your life has been affected by the COVID-19.” You can go to https://bit.ly/2xLuUqE. to learn more about the initiative.