We are unquestionably living in a historical moment that will be of interest to future generations. As many historians know, eyewitness records of events are the most valuable and also the rarest type of source material. Now is a chance to record your experiences, thoughts, and feelings for future generations.
Why now? Because the COVID-19 crisis is unique. Some people draw parallels with the 1918 Influenza Epidemic, but there are many differences between the two. These points of contrast range from the details of the viruses to the level of medical understanding and sophistication of technology to the government response. So if you choose to record your experiences, you won't simply be repeating data we already have. And if you pass up the opportunity to create a record, you are depriving future generations of valuable information.
Now is your chance to be a history-maker. Insure that your voice is preserved.
Tell us your feelings, what you are seeing around you, what you are doing, and what effect this is having on you, your family and your neighbors. Please answer those questions you wish to answer, in any form you feel comfortable whether as direct text answers to the questions or as poetry, artwork, photographs, or something else. We also want to see images of what is happening around you, in your home, in your community. At the end of the survey is a place to upload files. If you'd prefer to send in your response via a direct email, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please also feel free to fill out this survey multiple times. For example, if you answered the questions on March 29th and have more information that you wish to report on April 4th (random dates selected), feel free to submit a second survey response.
If you have images to share, please note the location, date, and subject of the image (including names of any people, buildings, etc) in an email and send the image(s) as an attachment to email@example.com
We will preserve these responses in our archives and, with your permission, share them now and in the future. You don't need a Google account to answer these questions - Thank you for participating!
Credit to the Trenton Free Library for developing the original version of this form: https://www.trentonlib.org/trentoniana