Cambridge 2020: Local History of a Pandemic

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The City of Cambridge is looking for assistance from the entire community to capture a unique snapshot in time. Cambridge 2020: Local History of a Pandemic is an archive project to help collect personal experiences living, working and coping with the COVID-19 pandemic from everyone in the community including residents, business owners, first responders, cultural groups and organizations.

Participating will take just a few minutes of time but will have an impact for generations to come. Throughout history, people have gone through experiences that have greatly impacted everyday life and shaped the future. This is one of those moments and the City is asking for the community to come together to capture this moment in time.

Types of items to submit for this project

Please send us anything that captures this period in time, such as:

  • a photo of home life, working or online school
  • a video of an online gathering or milestone celebrations
  • a screenshot of a twitter post
  • photos of closed signs or other signs in the community that show things have changed
  • images depicting social distancing measures
  • how local businesses have adapted to COVID19, or an email from a thankful customer
  • journal or blog entries, or personal reflections
  • photos of people wearing masks
  • struggles of those sick with the virus
  • window art
  • a curbside gift from a relative
  • stories and photos of hope and positivity

Share your story with the community below. Prefer to share with us directly? Submit through our online form.

The City of Cambridge is looking for assistance from the entire community to capture a unique snapshot in time. Cambridge 2020: Local History of a Pandemic is an archive project to help collect personal experiences living, working and coping with the COVID-19 pandemic from everyone in the community including residents, business owners, first responders, cultural groups and organizations.

Participating will take just a few minutes of time but will have an impact for generations to come. Throughout history, people have gone through experiences that have greatly impacted everyday life and shaped the future. This is one of those moments and the City is asking for the community to come together to capture this moment in time.

Types of items to submit for this project

Please send us anything that captures this period in time, such as:

  • a photo of home life, working or online school
  • a video of an online gathering or milestone celebrations
  • a screenshot of a twitter post
  • photos of closed signs or other signs in the community that show things have changed
  • images depicting social distancing measures
  • how local businesses have adapted to COVID19, or an email from a thankful customer
  • journal or blog entries, or personal reflections
  • photos of people wearing masks
  • struggles of those sick with the virus
  • window art
  • a curbside gift from a relative
  • stories and photos of hope and positivity

Share your story with the community below. Prefer to share with us directly? Submit through our online form.

Share your pandemic experience

Share your story with the community. Submissions can include written accounts, photos, drawings, and even audio and video recordings - whatever has been a significant experience for you.

Thank you for sharing your story with us.

The City of Cambridge Archives gratefully acknowledges receipt of the donation of the following objects/documents. The said objects/documents shall be the exclusive and absolute property of the City of Cambridge Archives and may be lent, used or disposed of in such manner as the City of Cambridge Archives may determine including displaying said objects/documents on social media, the City’s website or in advertising for the City of Cambridge activities. 

The City of Cambridge Archives does not undertake to guarantee the exhibition of any of the said objects/documents. The donor hereby agrees that where the donor holds copyright rights to the objects/documents or where the donor is executor for the estate of the copyright holder, the copyright to the objects/documents is hereby transferred to the City of Cambridge Archives. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please email corpcomm@cambridge.ca

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