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Chronicling COVID-19: Buffalo History Museum to collect community stories regarding pandemic


Mon, May 4th 2020 11:10 am

The Buffalo History Museum has launched a new initiative to collect the stories of the community amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. All stories will be preserved in the museum’s archives and become part of its collection.

A press release said, “The community’s contributions ensure evidence of this time for future research, reference, projects, exhibits, and programs.”

“Since 1862, the community has entrusted us to care for their stories – these include stories of hardship, but also of hope, tenacity, grit, strength and perseverance,” said Melissa Brown, executive director of the museum. “COVID-19 will have lasting impacts we have yet to realize; yet the museum’s role remains the same: to document, collect and safekeep our shared experiences as we navigate through this time together.”

Ways to Share Your Story

•Digital Survey: Participate in an online survey available here.

•Photo Submissions: Send in your photos dated and appropriately identified (location and the names of those in the photo). Photos can be mailed or submitted digitally to [email protected].

•Postcards from the Pandemic: Postcards or notecards that provide a person’s insights, feelings and thoughts during the pandemic.

•Journals: Record perspectives on daily life during the pandemic in a journal or notebook.

For more information, visit buffalohistory.org/chronicling-covid-19/ or email [email protected].

All postcards, photos, journals and paper objects chronicling COVID-19 experiences can be mailed directly to the museum at the following address:

  • The Buffalo History Museum
  • c/o “Collecting COVID-19 Stories”
  • 1 Museum Court
  • Buffalo, NY, 14216

The Buffalo History Museum is a private, tax-exempt not-for-profit organization. It receives operating support from the County of Erie, the City of Buffalo, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and from donors, members and friends. The Buffalo History Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

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