North Carolina – North Carolina historians are already pondering how the COVID-19 pandemic will be remembered by future generations.

The coronavirus outbreak has meant significant changes to the lives of all North Carolinians. While there is still a long way to go in terms of dealing with this worldwide crisis, we would like to hear from you now as we experience and navigate this time together. The State Archives of North Carolina and the North Carolina Museum of History are partnering on a project to collect original, first-person personal accounts that document this pandemic because Your Story is North Carolina’s Story.

Below are examples of what we’re collecting:
Personal Accounts
Oral Histories
Journals and Diaries

We are all affected by this crisis in varying degrees, and diaries, journals, oral histories, images, recordings, and similar materials will help us tell stories of this unprecedented time in history. Personal accounts provide depth and context for what an event or era was like for the people experiencing it. Our hope is that the record we preserve in 2020 will help future generations understand what it felt like to live through this time. Our goal is to collect the stories of diverse North Carolinians from across the state, and we need your help.

The museum and archives are currently closed, so citizens are asked to save physical items for future collection and to keep using necessary items.

Check out the online an initiative called “Your Story is North Carolina’s Story” to see how to participate: