Documenting COVID-19 in Norwich

In 1918 Ella Sargent sat down in her Norwich farmhouse and recorded a tumultuous time in Norwich history.  Her simple act of recording daily thoughts not only documented Norwich during the 1918 flu pandemic, but provided a personal window into what was happening. Today researchers can use her journals to understand the impact of these events on the Norwich community.

Now it’s your turn to record history as it’s happening

It is documentation of your experiences living during the COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine that will allow the Society to share history with people living 100 years from now. Every story is important. 

We are partnering with the Norwich Times, Norwich Bookstore, and Youth-in-Action and there are several ways for you to participate.

Share your reflection with us

Click on this reflection form where you can answer any or all of the questions, offer advice, and upload a photograph, piece of art, or other material. You can choose to be anonymous or share your name. We will work with the Norwich Times on a special issue in the summer or fall.

Keep a Journal

Purchase a moleskin journal from the Norwich Bookstore and we will include a page of writing prompts formatted to fit into the front of your journal. You can also just download the writing prompts to use in a journal you already have at home.

Here is what is in stock at the bookstore. Order online and then decide if you want the journal shipped or if you will pick it up.

Brown Ruled Moleskin
Blue Plain Moleskin
Green Plain Moleskin

Keep the journal for your family or share the journal with NHS. It is entirely up to you.

Businesses: Document your Silver Linings

The Norwich Times is currently conducting video interviews with its advertisers and sponsors and is extending this offer to any Norwich or Norwich resident-owned business as a way to add to the oral (video) history of the Norwich community, and to uplift residents with stories of innovation, resilience, perseverance and oftentimes necessary humor.

Click the link below for more information about how to sign up for a 15- or 30-minute time slot.

Helps us with our Archive

We have set up a Google Drive system where volunteers are gathering emails from the listserv and other nonprofits, photographs of front door messages, school notices and other materials that document the impact COVID-19 has had on our families, businesses, schools, and communities. Hanover High School’s Youth-in-Action is working with us to find a student volunteer who will help us keep up our photo collection. 

Whichever way you choose, your contributions will become part of the Society’s collections and, more importantly, a piece of the historical record that future historians will need to tell the story of these turbulent days.