My COVID-19 Story

The Passaic County Department of Cultural & Historic Affairs invites you to be a part of our History as it’s Happening program to collect and preserve the varied stories and experiences of Passaic County residents as we continue to navigate the global COVID-19 pandemic. In a time of social isolation and feelings of disconnect, this project aims to bring us together through our personal and individual experiences in order to permanently document our shared history. By creating an archive we will ensure that future historians and researchers who are seeking to understand the effects of a global event will be able to do so through an inclusive and complete story of our residents and county, and done so in our own words. Your story matters and we want to hear from you!


IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE A PART OF THIS CAMPAIGN AND HAVE YOUR PERSONAL AND/OR FAMILY STORY ARCHIVED IN OUR COLLECTIONS, PLEASE FILL OUT THIS FORM.

Copy of Archive Flyer

Written narratives are welcome, as well as photos and videos. We encourage all to be creative in their submissions. Submission examples include the documentation of dreams, art created, photos captured, schedule changes, personal reactions to changes, and experiences. Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis.


Here are some questions that may help as you record your thoughts and feelings:


What has surprised you most as this pandemic has unfolded?

What is your biggest fear?

What is an unexpected positive impact of the quarantine?

What is the most difficult part of the quarantine?

What are your hopes for the future when this is all over?

If you contracted COVID-19, what was your experience like?

Were you hospitalized for COVID-19?

What was the difference in daily chores before and during the pandemic?

How did the mass media affect your feelings?

How did the pandemic affect your mental health?

How did you keep occupied while quarantined?

Did you learn a new skill while quarantined?

How did you express your creativity during this time?

How did you protect yourself from contracting COVID-19?

Did you watch a particular movie or show while quarantined?

How did the pandemic affect your primary occupation/job/career/industry?

How did you manage your personal relationships during this time?


If you cannot fill out the required form and wish to be interviewed by a member of the Passaic County Department of Cultural & Historic Affairs, please email Jessica Bush, Museum Curator at jessicab@passaiccountynj.org.

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