Living Through a Major Historical Moment

By April 26, 2020September 8th, 2020In The News

Los Altos History Museum seeks your COVID-19 stories and experiences

By Heather Zimmerman / Mountain View Voice

Your day-to-day routine, let alone your daily activities during quarantine, may seem like nothing special, but actually, it could be something for the history books.

That’s why the Los Altos History Museum recently put out a call for submissions asking Santa Clara County residents to share their experiences of what life is like during the COVID-19 crisis. The submissions will be compiled for the museum’s permanent collection.

“We’re hoping for things that show a broad range of experiences. Whether that’s diary entries, photos, videos — what we’re hoping is that we can preserve these things that right now just exist on our computers or on our phones. If the museum is holding on to them in some way, then that ensures that they get preserved,” said Exhibition Curator Amy Ellison. She and Collections Strategist Dianne Shen spoke with the Voice in an interview that was itself conducted via videoconference.

At the moment, for safety’s sake, the project is seeking only digital submissions, but will also accept objects after the museum reopens whenever stay-at-home orders are lifted, Ellison said. So far, submissions have included a variety of responses, everything from…cont.