Last May, I wrote a blog post discussing how Lexington Historical Society would very soon be launching What Life Was Like in Lexington: The COVID-19 History Project as its newest collecting initiative. The goal of this project was to document this period in Lexington’s history so that future generations would be better able to understand the year that was 2020. As best as possible, we wanted to do our part to ensure that history was collected as it was happening – a process called rapid response collecting. At that time, many of us did not foresee the pandemic’s effects lingering so prominently for quite so long . . .
Over a year later, though, COVID-19 continues to shape our daily life in many ways. The future is starting to look brighter, with many choosing to receive vaccinations, allowing us to re-enter society more safely. Many are back at school or work, which continues to look quite different than it did pre-COVID. Businesses are slowly reopening, albeit with social distancing measures still in place or modified hours. Some of us are even beginning to feel comfortable gathering again with small groups indoors or traveling to visit family that we have not been able to see or hug in months.
Many others, though, have chosen to not be vaccinated, or have had negative experiences when receiving the vaccine. Some of us have lost loved ones during the pandemic, and we continue to mourn the loss of jobs, opportunities, or life experiences that we have not been able to be a part of in this last year. And, of course, many are still experiencing anxiety and worry as we continue to hear more about a lack of “herd immunity,” as well as increased variants.
In many ways, COVID-19 continues to shape us as a community and as individuals, and the fact remains that future researchers will look to us to learn more about this time in history and how Lexington residents experienced and were impacted by it – even a year after the initial quarantine measures were imposed.
We still want to hear from you! You and your family can participate in this program in a variety of ways as you feel comfortable, and this project is open to Lexington residents of ALL ages. We are hoping to preserve a look at our overall experiences and how our lives have been altered:
Lexington Historical Society continues to ask you to document your experiences for posterity. Help us do our part in collecting and archiving this era for future benefit. Consider donating your photographs, correspondence, diaries, favorite take-out menus from the past year, and anything else that you feel really speaks to your experiences in Lexington during COVID-19. History is what is happening today – make sure you that YOU are a part of what is preserved!
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