Help make history by sharing your story of the COVID-19 pandemic. Just as we relied on information about the Spanish Flu epidemic in 1917-1918 to inform our response to COVID-19, future generations may benefit from understanding what we experienced. By collecting your stories, we become witnesses-to-history, providing insight into daily life during this global pandemic and adding to the historic record.

How can you get involved? Please take some time to fill out the form at and feel free to share with your friends, family members, and neighbors — the more people participate, the better understanding we’ll have of the impact of COVID-19.


The Finger Lakes Library System has partnered with the Southern Adirondack Library System (SALS) for a new project, Leaving Our Fingerprints: A People’s History of COVID-19. Erica Freudenberger and Jack Scott at SALS have developed a public website where people can share their story of the COVID-19 pandemic. Surveys have been created to collect responses that will be uploaded to the website and placed into special exhibits. Respondents can include text and images. All information collected will be anonymous. Respondents can choose to answer all or some of the questions posed. Several NYS library systems are currently participating and NYS will archive the website.

Leaving Our Fingerprints: A People’s History of COVID-19