“Collecting in Quarantine” is the name of the Maryland Historical Society’s latest crowd-sourcing initiative. Put simply, MdHS wants to know what you are going through right now—and they want you to share your story.
Past inspires the present
MdHS, which has been documenting Maryland history for 175 years, already has similar collections of first-person accounts during epidemics. One is a collection of letters from the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918; the other is a collection of letters from a 1793 yellow fever outbreak in Annapolis. These collections inspired current historians to reach out for stories from today.
2 ways to get involved
There are two ways to participate and share your story.
- Letters from the Homefront: Share what’s happening to you in a letter. What are your days like? Are you home with your kids? In self quarantine? Working in a hospital? Send your accounts to firstname.lastname@example.org. You also can follow this effort on social media at #LettersFromtheHomeFrontMD. MdHS is interested in accounts from people here as well as Marylanders abroad. They also want stories from health care workers.
- Business Unusual: So much of our history can be told in the work that we do. MdHS is looking for photos and stories from business owners, employees, customers, passers-by and neighborhood residents. MdHS will create a photo essay using submissions. These stories can be followed on social media at #BusinessUnusualMD.
Got more to stay?
Mid-Atlantic Media is also looking for blog posts from parents in Central Maryland. Email stories from the Baltimore region to editor Jessica Gregg at email@example.com. If you live in the Washington, D.C.-area, send stories to editor PJ Feinstein at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more resources for parents, click here.