The Little White School Museum in Oswego has created a “Hometown Historian” initiative to record and collect the community’s unfolding history during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The museum asks residents inside its area of interest – the 68 square miles inside the Oswego School District – to send the museum photos and stories that document how individuals, families, businesses and organizations are coping with the pandemic’s unprecedented impact, a news release stated.
Residents are asked to think about how their lives have changed, how they dealt and are dealing with disruptions in their daily routines, and how the closure of businesses, schools, churches and other institutions have affected what used to be their normal lives. Also sought are the life stories of people who are trying to cope with daily life as their sources of income are cut off and they are isolated in their homes and apartments.
Photos of the visual impact of the COVID epidemic such as empty store shelves, gloved pickup service signs at the carryout restaurants trying to survive in town, and residents wearing protective masks and clothing to conduct daily chores are sought along with the stories of how families are coping now that they are forced to really be together. Some families and organizations are regrouping via electronic means such as Zoom or Skype and the museum is seeking those stories, too.
“We’d like to gather as much of this information as we can, while the shelter-in-place rules are in effect, as a resource for future generations to understand how we coped in getting through this extraordinary time in our lives,” museum manager Tina Heidrich stated in the release.
For more information on how to help record the ongoing history of this time, or to send stories, comments and photos, email Heidrich at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Little White School Museum is a joint project of the nonprofit Oswegoland Heritage Association and the Oswegoland Park District.