Since the beginning of the pandemic, you've likely seen the phrase "unprecedented times" repeated often in many contexts. Often when documenting times of great import to our history, historians use firsthand accounts as key resources for shaping the narrative of important events. Things as simple or seemingly pedestrian as diary entries, family photos, or text messages and emails about daily events can provide invaluable context to life during "unprecedented" times.
This is where you come in.
The Wichita Public Library received American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to document the effect of COVID-19 in Wichita. We need you to help us document this moment in history.
Did your life stay the same during the pandemic, or did you have to make drastic adjustments? Were you pro-mask wearing and vaccine or against it? Did you work on the front lines during the pandemic or did you end up working from home for a significant period of time? Did you suddenly find yourself homeschooling your children or supervising online school? What did everyday occurrences like meals with your family or time with friends look like? What did holiday celebrations or major life events during COVID-19 look like?
We want to hear from you – no matter what your world looked (or looks) like during the pandemic.
Digital submissions (.jpg, .tif, .pdf, .mp3, .mp4) can be emailed to . Physical materials can be brought to the Research Pavilion at the Advanced Learning Library (711 W. 2nd St, Wichita, 67203) where staff can make arrangements to digitize the material and return them to you.
Thank you to everyone who has told us their story. We have separated responses into four categories:
We will continue to add to these collections, so keep checking back for updates.