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COVID-19 and Oklahoma

History is Happening Now

Since 1893, the Oklahoma Historical Society has worked to preserve the history and culture of our state. Now, we are asking for your help as we begin to document how COVID-19 has affected Oklahomans. We want to know how you, your family, and your community have been impacted. By sharing your experiences, you can help future generations understand how this pandemic changed the way we work, play, learn, and interact with others. These stories may be included in future exhibits, shared online, and preserved for researchers.

Tell us about your experience.
As you write your story, consider some of these questions.
  • How did you first hear about coronavirus or COVID-19?
  • Have you or anyone you know tested positive for COVID-19?
  • How is the pandemic affecting you day to day?
    • What activities do you miss the most?
    • Are there new skills or hobbies you have learned while sheltering at home?
    • How has your job been affected?
  • How did you feel about businesses reopening? Are you going out more?
  • Have you received a vaccine? If so, describe your experience.
  • What would you want future generations to know about this time in history?
  • What worries you the most?
  • What gives you hope?

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Donating Materials

OHS is accepting donations relating to COVID-19's impact on Oklahoma businesses, health care industry, churches, public service sectors, tribes, schools, and other groups. We are accepting materials in all languages and from all communities in the state.

If you would like to make a donation, please contact Mallory Covington at 405-522-0876 or Mallory.Covington@history.ok.gov.
Items may include, but are not limited to:  

  • Business records
  • Documents
  • Journals and diaries
  • Literary works
  • Menus
  • Oral histories
  • Photographs
  • Posters and signs
  • School curricula
  • Videos
  • Work schedules