Share your Story: Illinois in the COVID-19 Pandemic

See the Stories on the Illinois Digital Archives!

Illinois Stories:  COVID-19 Upload

We are living through an important moment in history, and we want to hear how it is affecting the people of Illinois. As COVID-19 changes life to a “new normal,” the Illinois State Museum is asking you to share items that reflect your experience during the pandemic, for the benefit of future generations.

These submissions will be collected into a digital archive. In the short-term, we will share some of these submissions on social media and in online exhibitions. In the long term, these submissions will be used to inform future generations about life in Illinois during the COVID pandemic.

Share Your Story

We want to hear your story of the 2020-2021 pandemic, in your own words.  Whether you are in quarantine, sheltering at home, working in the medical field, homeschooling your kids, or adjusting your business model for uncertain times, your story is unique and valuable.

Share Your (Digital) Stuff

We also want to see what you are seeing, creating, and using during this unprecedented time in our history. Please share any of the following:

  • Writings
  • Photos
  • Drawings / artwork
  • Photographs of objects
  • Short Videos
  • Music

We’re looking for things that speak to your life and your community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Examples might include a letter written to a quarantined relative, a photo of yourself or your community, a sketch of a busy park or empty playground, a photo of a thermometer or test kit, a song you have written, etc.

We’re all in this together. Life has changed for everyone, and we're all processing so many feelings. Your contribution will help people understand the wide range of emotions and experiences brought about by COVID-19.