We are living through an extraordinary moment, a crisis of historic proportions. As the official historical society of the State of California, we at CHS invite you to help us document this time.
Modern historians have argued that history isn’t simply comprised of actions of remarkable or grand figures. The thoughts and experiences of everyday people are valuable keys to unlock what it’s like to live in any era. Since its inception in 1871, the archives of the California Historical Society have attested to the power of ordinary people’s testimonies through diaries, letters, scrapbooks, and oral histories.
We are creating a collection to document life in California during the current COVID-19 pandemic. We want your stories, from the far north of the state, to the Bay Area, to the Central Valley and coastal communities, to desert areas, Southern California, and the border region. Stories can connect us, and they can help us see ourselves. They can shape future understanding and reveal aspects of our present world. Preserving your stories can reinforce that, together, we are the people making history.
This form may only be submitted by adults aged 18 years or older. Stories by minors under the age of 13 may not be submitted under any circumstances. Stories by minors between the ages of 13 and 17 years old may be submitted only by the minor’s parent or legal guardian. Do not provide any personal contact information for any minor under the age of 18.