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Unprecedented Times: COVID-19 Oral History

Unprecedented Times: COVID-19 Oral History

June 10, 2020

In an effort to preserve the history of these unprecedented times, the Midwest Genealogy Center has added a new collection to its Tell Me a Story program archive called the Pandemic Oral History Project.

Tell Me a Story is a Mid-Continent Public Library initiative that provides the ability to record and preserve memories, stories, and living history of residents in the Kansas City metro area. Oral history is just one way for future generations to connect with the past. It not only plays an important part in genealogy and local history, but as we record and collect oral histories, it allows for us to reflect on our own history as well.

MGC has a variety of oral history collections in its Tell Me a Story archive—from retellings of family stories and traditions, to stories of service from American veterans, to the experiences of African American bowlers who competed during the era of segregation.

Now, there is a new space for recollections of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the Library’s website, you can attach audio files that you record at home, describing your reaction to the pandemic and how it changed your daily life. What effects did it have on your family and work life? What changed? How did it affect you personally?

Tell Me a Story kits are also available to be placed on hold through the Library’s online catalog and checked out from your local MCPL branch. Each kit comes with a recording device, instructions, and sample questions.

The submissions will be saved in the Tell Me a Story section of the Midwest Genealogy Center’s website. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at 816.252.7228.

Kayla H.
Midwest Genealogy Center

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