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Museum asks residents to share pandemic stories

To document the impact of COVID-19 on the community, the Los Altos History Museum seeks stories, photos, diary entries and other materials from residents of Santa Clara County. The material and online submissions will be archived for the museum’s permanent collection and preserved for future historians, researchers and visitors.

“We want to hear how you and your loved ones are experiencing this extraordinary event. How has it disrupted your lives? How are you getting through it? How have everyday routines changed in your household?” said Amy Ellison, exhibition curator. “Our grandkids and great-grandkids will wonder what life was like during this pandemic.”

The Los Altos History Museum has in its collection more than 8,000 photographs; 6,000 artifacts; many cubic feet of archival material including newspapers, deeds, maps and documents; and more than 200 oral histories of local residents.

“Documenting history in the making is one of the responsibilities of museums,” Ellison said. “Collecting and preserving stories about COVID-19 is our way of honoring the people in our community and helping to facilitate healing, while also providing valuable insights to future generations.”

The deadline to submit to the collection is open-ended, as museum officials want to allow time for residents to process their thoughts.

For updates on the project, follow the museum on social media or sign up for its e-newsletter at losaltoshistory.org.

To contribute, visit losaltoshistory.org/sharecovid-19stories.

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