Share Your Story

Oregon Historical Society Asks Oregonians to Share Their Personal Reflections during Pandemic

How do we stay connected and rooted in community while practicing social distancing? What is the role of cultural institutions during this unprecedented time? Like many museums and attractions that have closed in response to the COVID-19 virus, the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) will be largely moving online, sharing Oregon history virtually through our digital platforms. At the same time, as a repository of Oregon’s history, OHS has a responsibility to record this moment for future generations – a moment that practically no one on earth has experienced in their lifetime.

Share Your Story

That is why the Oregon Historical Society is asking you to share your stories: your personal reflections on living through this pandemic. In this period of isolation from friends and family, what stories of Oregonians from the past or present are giving you courage? How are you spending your days in this strange new “normal?” What have you learned about yourself, your friends, or your family, that is giving you strength amidst chaos?

Share your personal reflections by submitting a letter through an online form or by mailing a handwritten note to the OHS Research Library (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205). All written and electronic submissions must include the author's full name, location (city, town, or reservation), and the date.

By submitting a personal reflection, you agree your contribution falls under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA) license: ( and that your story may be made publicly available through the OHS Research Library's physical and digital collections.

The Oregon Historical Society will add a selection of the stories and reflections to the OHS Research Library collections, where future generations will go to understand what this unprecedented moment in Oregon history was really like.  

Read the full press release here.