COVID-19 Community Archive

COVID-19 is a historic event of worldwide significance and we want to preserve our community’s stories. The Matheson History Museum is your museum and we need your help to document Alachua County experiences. Our goal is to create a COVID-19 Community Archive that will be shared digitally over the next few weeks and in exhibitions down the road.

We are currently seeking digital submissions of photographs, video clips, stories, or anything else you think helps tell your story – feel free to get creative! Here are a few things to think about when creating your submissions:

  • What strikes you visually about Alachua County in lockdown?
  • What social distancing and health practices are you following?
  • What do you do to stay socially connected?
  • What do you miss about your life before COVID-19?
  • How are you getting food and supplies?
  • What has been hardest about this for you and your family?

If you have an idea about what else should be included in this Community Archive, please let us know!

Please direct all submissions and questions to our Curator of Collections via email (curator@mathesonmuseum.org).

We are also interested in the tangible history of the pandemic. However, we cannot accept artifacts until the museum is fully open. We are asking prospective donors to hold onto objects they wish to donate until it is safe for us to reopen.

Online Exhibition

In the meantime, please enjoy the online exhibition that Kaitlyn Hof-Mahoney, curator of collections, has created to showcase the submissions we’ve received so far. We’ll be adding to it weekly so be sure to check it regularly!

You can view the online exhibiton here: https://spark.adobe.com/page/y6RczdvElNYK6/