Making History in a Pandemic

Jeff Sherry

Friday Oct 2nd, 2020

The Hagen History Center is collecting materials that document the response of our community to the corona virus that causes COVID-19.

As Erie County residents and those throughout the world like you react to new policies and recommendations aimed to restrict the virus' spread, we wish to document and preserve the materials and stories that demonstrate how you are continuing to communicate, work, commute, learn, teach, and give aid to others. Tell us your story by sending the Hagen History Center photographs, short videos or a PDF of your recollections that best represent the experiences and observations that have stood out to you most. How are you and your family members spending your time? What do you regard as your biggest challenges? Was there a moment when you realized a historic event was taking place?

The photographs we collect will allow all of us to study and share these experiences in the future. You can assist us by donating your photographs to help document this tragic and historic time in history.

In the coming weeks and months, Hagen History Center staff will be actively collecting materials that tell these stories so they may be studied and understood in the future. Here are some of the areas in which we are seeking materials: 

  • Medical professionals – What innovations have been made in response to the pandemic? What are the ways you prepare for your work?What new challenges has the pandemic created? 
  • Workers, service providers, safety personnel – How has your work changed or been put at risk? How have you incorporated contagion safety practices into your work?
  • Local businesses – How has your business adapted its products and services to respond to community needs? How has your business dealt with the needs of workers? 
  • Education – How does learning take place during quarantine? What innovations have educators made? What is the experience of the student?
  • Leisure time and recreation – How are you spending your leisure time during lockdown?How are you maintaining meaningful contact with friends and family? Do you have access to technologies that help you stay in contact with others? 
  • Neighbors and caregivers – How are Northwestern Pennsylvanians finding ways of helping each other? What systems, programs, or websites have been created to connect helpers with those who need them?

Before submitting content, please review these Guidelines and Terms:

Contribution Guidelines and Terms

  • All accepted items will be made available for public research by the Hagen History Center.
  • By submitting content through this form, you are granting the Hagen History Center non-exclusive (shared), royalty-free license to preserve, modify, and share your content for public research, educational use, exhibits, or publication, including in print or
  • The Hagen History Center reserves the right to remove content that it considers a duplication, inappropriate, or outside the scope of this project. The Hagen History Center is not obligated to include your content in this project or preserve it in perpetuity.
  • Please only submit photographs which you own or have created. If you would like to refer or nominate material which you do not own, please contact send you photographs and videos to:
  • You must be 18 years of age or older to submit content. If you are under 18, please ask a parent or guardian to submit content on your