Become an oral historian. Interview your friends, your family, your social networks. You can do these easily on Skype (with video or just with audio), or you can simply write down their words.
- Whose experience is being recorded?
- Who is doing the recording?
- When and where is this experience being recorded?
The following list includes ideas of questions to ask. Thanks are due to the Douglas County (MN) Historical Society for many of these questions. Remember that these kinds of interviews are really conversations, so let them go in any interesting directions that you want.
- What does your daily life usually look like? What does it look like right now?
- What do you think about the current situation? Broadly? Specifically?
- What are you afraid of? Broadly? Specifically?
- What are you doing with your time in this moment? Are you working on certain projects? Are you helping others? Are you unusually dependent on others?
- Are you staying isolated for your own safety or the safety of those close to you? Are you sheltering at home voluntarily or because of a government order?
- How do you feel about official responses?
- Does this pandemic remind you of anything else?
- What are your hopes for the future?