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Santa Monica History Museum
COVID-19 Collection

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Aero Theatre on March 15th, 2020 (Santa Monica History Museum)

To chronicle Santa Monica’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Museum is collecting images and stories of your experience.

We are a resource for information on historical events and their impact on the Santa Monica bay area. Living through this historic event gives us an opportunity to collect relevant primary sources immediately so that we may preserve them for future generations.

We are seeking images that represent your experience of this moment in Santa Monica. Some examples include images of: artwork, chalk art, homemade signs, home improvement projects, work from home setups, home schooling supplies, lesson plans, local shops, signage related to the pandemic, essential work/workers, and the direct experience of the COVID illness, itself.

We are seeking written accounts and stories that capture life in Santa Monica during the pandemic. Examples include: a description of how your day to day is different now, how you stay in touch with friends and family, how the pandemic is affecting your friends and family, your or loved one’s experience having COVID-19, whether you’ve “broken quarantine” (and how), any fun or funny stories from this time, how this time compares to other challenging times in your life, what new struggles you are facing now, what saddens you, what inspires you, how you are obtaining daily supplies such as groceries, whether you’ve had difficulty obtaining particular items, whether you feel closer to or more distant from your community, any celebrations or observances you’ve participated in during the Safer At Home order, and any new skills you’ve acquired or hobbies you’ve been enjoying.

Images should be shared with us at full/highest resolution available. It is fine to utilize services such as DropBox or WeTransfer. Writing and stories can be typed or handwritten and sent via email or mail. Please do not mail any artifacts without contacting us in advance.

If you have an image, personal account, or document you would like to share, please send it to:

[email protected]


Attn: Collections
Santa Monica History Museum
PO Box 3059
Santa Monica, CA, 90408

Please include the following information for the individual who created the content:

  • Full name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Email
  • Date or year of birth (the birthdate helps add context to the material)

Thank you for your part in this effort. Your contributions are essential in documenting how our community is experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic.