Help us tell the COVID-19 Story in San Anselmo
The Spanish Flu of 1918 was not well documented locally. We found there were no photographs or other documentation to tell us, 100 years later, what it was like to live through it. We don't want that to happen with the pandemic of 2020. We want future generations to learn for themselves what life was like in the Ross Valley during this time. Help us tell our story by helping to document it.
We invite everyone to send a photo with a short paragraph to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your photo can be of the quiet downtown, your family coping with the shelter in place, lines at the grocery store -- pretty much anything that might capture your experience during this historic time. Please include the following with your photo in the email submission:
- Subject line of the email should be "Submission: Pandemic Story"
- Date and location of the photo
- A short title (e.g., An Abandoned Downtown, Our Family Under Stress, My Day at the Grocery Store)
- A short paragraph (150 words or less) describing why you chose that photo, how your life changed, or anything that might help future generations understand this unique time
- You can choose to include your name or remain anonymous -- just let us know in your submission
Important: Please limit yourself to one submission. Photos should be high resolution (select largest/highest resolution possible when you send it in). Low resolution images will not meet archive criteria.
The Library, in partnership with the San Anselmo Historical Society and the Historical Commission, is building a public archive of our pandemic story. Please evaluate your privacy needs before you send us your content. Your content may appear on our website, in our social media, in exhibitions, and in formats and channels we can't even imagine will be available decades from now.
By sending us content, you represent that you own the content, it is original to you, and you give the Library, the Historical Museum, and the Historical Society the right to copy, display, and adapt the content in perpetuity in any media existing now or in the future.