Boise’s Response to COVID-19
Our everyday experiences are always important to document, but in times like those surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, this becomes even more pressing.
During this unprecedented time, it is important for our community to document their experiences for future generations and to provide some space for the healing that comes from self-reflection. These personal testimonies will aid in our ability to come out of this experience stronger and closer as neighbors, and they will help future generations understand this unique time.
To help facilitate this collection, the Boise City Department of Arts & History is creating a collection of Boiseans’ experiences living through COVID-19.
How To Participate
There are multiple ways you can participate:
- Written responses, journal/diary entries (digital or handwritten entries)
- Voice recorded reflections
- Participate in an oral history interview with a trained professional
Ideas to Capture Your Experience
There are no official guidelines for the length of your experience; make your recollection whatever length you need it to be. For ease in sharing files with Boise City Archive, keep audio/video files to 5 minutes or less. If you experience trouble submitting files, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Topics to consider:
- How have you spent your time at home?
- What activities have filled your days?
- How have you relaxed?
- How have you kept in contact with friends and family?
- How have you spent your time at work?
- How has your work changed, or not changed?
Contribute Physical Items
We are also collecting physical items to document the effect COVID-19 is having on our community. These items could include business signs, signs created to hang in people’s windows, handwritten notes like grocery lists and errands, and other objects.
To contribute physical objects, please contact Brandi Burns, History Programs Manager at email@example.com.