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Stories from a Distance

Social distancing sign on Madison bike pathStories from a Distance is a community story gathering project about peoples’ experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Sharing stories from Madison community members will help to document this unique and unprecedented time in Madison’s history and add to the collective history about the COVID-19 pandemic. 

While the COVID-19 pandemic is a global experience, many already systematically marginalized communities in Madison have been disproportionately affected by the Safer at Home order, unequal access to healthcare and reliable internet connections, the loss of employment, childcare, and more. Stories from a Distance seeks to amplify a broad range of perspectives and voices, particularly from these disproportionately affected communities. 

We invite you to explore the collection and to learn about the different ways you can share your stories.

Ways to Share your Story

We are no longer accepting stories, but there are also many other local opportunities to share your COVID-19 story. Here are just a few:

Other Details

Stories from a Distance is inspired by a number of “living history” projects, including the IUPUI Covid-19 Oral History Project; the Vermont Folklife Center’s Listening in Place project; and more.

Stories from a Distance is a curated public collection with editorial decisions made by library staff. Any stories shared may be, but are not guaranteed to be, published and archived in the Living History Project digital collection and public website and may be featured on Madison Public Library’s website and/or social platforms.