How has COVID-19 impacted your life? Historical Society invites you to share your story

JACKSON, Wyo. — The COVID-19 global pandemic has impacted every single person’s life in some way, whether small or large. Some people are being laid off while others are working from home. Healthcare workers are putting themselves at risk and working extra-long hours. Additionally, kids are not in school, some people are getting very, very sick and everyone is experiencing some degree of social distancing.

The Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum is here to document and permanently archive all of these unique stories and history-making moments in our community. Our goal, and mission, is to connect people now and inform generations in the future.

Cowgirl wearing wooly chaps reading a letter, Miss Elsa Remahl, Casper State Hospital, Casper, Wyo. Photo: Joseph Shimitz, Wyoming State Archives, Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources, Source B-916/11405 Meyers Collection. Date 1920.

We are collecting written stories, journal entries, letters, pictures, photos, and videos; anything that will tell a story about what has changed in your life or your family’s life due to COVID-19, both good and bad. JHHSM wants to create a snapshot in time of Jackson Hole and our resilient community.

Everyone has a story to tell. We want to hear from people from all walks of life:

  • Healthcare workers
  • Grocery store workers
  • Parents and grandparents
  • Seasonal workers
  • Students
  • COVID-19 patients (once fully healed)
  • Business owners
  • Seniors
  • Visitors
  • Everyone else

Ideally, contributions will be handwritten, but any format is gladly accepted. Possible formats include handwritten letters or journals, digital narratives, drawings or highest-resolution photographs, videos or audio recordings.

Louise Roe Stimson seated and writing at table with Mount Moran in Jackson Hole, taken at Stimson Studio in Cheyenne, Wyo. Photo: J.E. Stimson, Wyoming State Archives, Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources, Stimson Neg 7616. Exact date unknown.

Submissions will be permanently kept in the JHHSM archive (both digital and physical) and will be used for research and educational purposes. A release form will be required. We hope to share these stories with our community and build camaraderie around our collective experience. If you do not want your submission posted online, you will be able to indicate that in your story submission.

To find out more, visit us at jacksonholehistory.org/makinghistory or call our Research Center at (307) 733-2414 ext. 207. We will accept submissions via snail mail and online.

This project is made possible by you! Plus, the generous backing of the JHHSM Board of Directors who have quickly responded to the current situation and reallocated in-person program funds to new, virtual initiatives.

Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum’s physical locations are currently closed in order to protect the entire community’s health and safety. Full-time staff are working remotely and available to help with research and other projects. Find a list of JHHSM staff contacts here.

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