Illinois State Museum gathering COVID-19 stories for future generations

The Illinois State Museum is launching an initiative that allows Illinois residents to share stories that reflect their experience during the COVID-19 pandemic, for the benefit of future generations.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a vital moment in history, and the Museum personnel want to document how it is affecting Illinois residents through its Share your Story: Illinois in the COVID-19 Pandemic initiative.

The Museum is requesting personal stories, written works, artwork, photos, or photos of objects from the people of Illinois to document life during the pandemic. The Museum is collecting residents’ submissions for preservation in its digital archive via its new online tool at Additionally, the Museum will share some of the stories and photos on its social media platforms and in its online exhibition.

“As history is unfolding before our eyes, the Museum is committed to documenting the experiences of the people of this state,” said Erika Holst, Illinois State Museum Curator of History. “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.”

Illinois residents can learn more about the initiative at

Jil Tracy

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