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Newmarket historical society wants to preserve your everyday COVID-19 stories

'How often do you stop and consider that we are living through history?' society president says
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The Newmarket Historical Society is calling on members of the community to help us create history and capture accounts of every-day life during COVID-19.

“How often do you stop and consider that we are living through history?” said Erin Cerenzia, volunteer president of the society. “It’s a strange concept to think about; that our lived experiences each day will actually become records of the past in years to come. The COVID-19 pandemic is undeniably a period in time that will hold an important chapter in our history books.”

The society’s volunteers have been actively preserving news articles and photographs since the pandemic began, which will be catalogued and documented in the archives. However, they want to add “social history” elements, specifically the experiences of Newmarket residents, such as:  

  • Letters, stories, or artwork explaining your feelings and what a typical day is like;  
  • Quarantine games and other ‘at home’ activities you are partaking in;  
  • Stories of positivity and every-day heroes in our community.

Submissions can be emailed to [email protected] with the subject “Capturing COVID-19.” Please include your name, age, and street name. The society’s volunteers may follow up with you for more details if required.

To get involved in the Newmarket Historical Society as a member, volunteer, or archives sponsor, contact [email protected].

Contact: Erin Cerenzia
President, Newmarket Historical Society Chair, Archives Digitization & Preservation Project
Email: [email protected]
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