Documenting Community Voices: How does COVID-19 affect you?
The La Crosse Public Library Archives & Local History Department’s (LPLA) collections strive to be a reflection of the La Crosse community that it serves. To accomplish that, LPLA actively collects papers, records, photographs, and materials from local community members to document the history of La Crosse. This means that LPLA collects aged materials, but we also work to collect in response to current events, people, and agencies to document today’s world for future generations.
The ongoing public health crisis due to the spread of COVID-19 impacts La Crossians as much as the rest of the world. To document this tumultuous time, LPLA is asking for you to share your stories and add your voice to our historical record.
How has your family and work life changed? What precautions are you taking or not taking? How are you coping? Consider this a journal entry. We invite you to use this activity cathartically, or for documentation purposes; it is up to you. Answer as many or as few questions as you would like—only the last four (short) questions are required for submitting. The other questions are presented as writing prompts to stimulate reflection. We invite a variety of writers: those who enjoy bullet points and those who share in paragraphs.
You do not have to identify yourself, it can be completely anonymous if you wish.
We understand that your ideas, thoughts, and opinions may adapt as things around the world and in our community change daily, so we want to give you the option to take the survey multiple times if you wish (just like a real journal!). We only ask that you please keep your chosen name consistent and unique so we can track and group your responses.
Additionally (or alternatively), Archives staff encourages you to keep diaries and journals during this time. Write letters to yourself. Create documents that will last for our future. And later, you can consider donating a copy to the Archives.
If you have questions, contact Archives staff at
Thank you for contributing to our local history.
What precautions are you taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
How many people do you currently interact with daily?
(Include family members)
How has your family life been affected?
If you have children, how has this experience impacted your relationship with them?
Has it been fun? Stressful? Rewarding? Hard? Please describe.
What is your occupation?
(You may be as vague or as specific as you like)
How has your work life changed?
Do you interact with people for work? How many?
Please describe the interpersonal requirements of your job, if you would like.
Are you a student? How has your education experience been affected?
How are you coping? What are things that help you cope? Do you have favorite outdoor activities or locations in La Crosse?
If you have quarantined yourself and those in your household, what are some of the things you miss the most during this time? Is there anything specific to La Crosse that you especially miss?
How would you describe the atmosphere in La Crosse right now?
What is something you want people in the future to know about your experience?
If you are experiencing homelessness, how do you feel and how are you coping with places being shut down during this crisis?
Examples of public places under shutdown are libraries, the Boys and Girls Club, the Family Y, bars and restaurants, etc.
How do you think the United States will change after this experience?
Here is space to share anything else you would like to:
Note: If you think you may submit future responses, please pick something unique and answer this field consistently. This way Archives staff may track and group your responses.
Race or ethnicity
Date of completing survey
How many times have you created a response to this survey?
(Include this current submission in your calculation. Note: this means your answer should never be "0")
By submitting this form, you give the La Crosse Public Library Archives permission to publish your responses under the name you provide and add your responses to our archival collection.
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