Words, art, songs – even social media posts – are welcomed by the Champaign County Historical Archives
There’s no question that we are living through a unique period of history, one that will be studied, examined and written about by academics, journalists, students and many others.
While there’s plenty of resources capturing data and information related to the pandemic, the Champaign County Historical Archives of The Urbana Free Library is seeking your help in capturing the more human side of this period in our history – with a localized twist.
The Champaign County Historical Archives of The Urbana Free Library is working to chronicle Champaign County through COVID-19 by curating stories, diaries, art, photographs, poems, reflections, and more.
Submissions are welcome from community members of all ages.
“We are interested in recording the experiences of the Champaign County community throughout this unique time in our local history, so please submit as often as you’d like,” the announcement says.
Submissions could be materials already created, or community members could assemble new items for this archive. Submissions all need to be an electronic format at this time and will be submitted electronically via a form on the Urbana Free Library website.
Potential submission materials include:
• Write: Keep a journal, write poetry, pen a script
• Create Art: Draw, paint, sketch, sculpt
• Music or videos: Video yourself speaking, speak into a recorder, play an original song
• Take photographs or video of your environment/community/life in quarantine
• Upload records from your business that document how it responded to the crisis (social media graphics, e-mail or mail correspondence, business announcements, etc.)
• Social media posts
Have questions or need more information? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.