Some of the Wilmette Historical Museum’s most precious records are photographs, films, and journals from the past. As we all live through the COVID-19 outbreak, we’d like you to share your experiences with us in any media. One day, we will all use these materials to remember this important event in history. All ages are welcome and encouraged to submit material. We also encourage people from all walks of life to submit, including people still working in essential services such as healthcare workers, restaurant workers, firefighters, and police. The amount of material and length of participation is up to you.
Here are a few suggestions for documenting your experience:
Essays and Journals: One of the simplest ways to participate is to keep a written journal or other description of your experiences. If you find journaling daunting, try a One Line a Day-style journal or check out a journaling app for your phone.
Photos & Videos: Photos and videos are most welcome. For those looking for a fun way to record your life right now, check out the app 1 Second Every Day, which allows you to upload 1-2 second video clips and “mash” them together at the end of the month. Perhaps you have been getting in touch with others via Zoom or similar—you might want to share a screenshot too.
Artifacts: Physical artifacts, such as signs and paper journals will be welcome when it is safe to accept them.
Please use the form below to submit your photos, documents, and videos. We will be selecting some of your submissions to share on social media and include in our collection. By submitting your documents, you are giving us permission to use them for these purposes. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for joining us in documenting this historic moment in Wilmette.