Saturday, May 30, 2020 Mark Dellenbaugh, Local History & Genealogy Librarian

Many people think that history is only “stuff that happened a long time ago.” The truth is history is always chugging and churning and flowing along. As the noted philosopher, Ferris Bueller once put it, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” 

If it wasn’t apparent before now, it should be more obvious than ever that we are all living in the stream of history. But it’s equally true that some moments are simply more momentous and historical than others and this is clearly one of those times. We are all eyewitnesses to specific moment historians will later analyze. And you are the world’s foremost authority on what it was like for you and your family amid this pandemic! So why not take an hour or two to create a lasting record – a personal or family time capsule that captures your experiences and perspectives on this unique moment in history? It’s easier than you think! 

Here are some resources for doing that: 

  • Time Capsule + Free Download & Tutorial (Create a time capsule as a way to document this moment in time with your family.) 

  • Time Capsule (Features Spanish, English, & French printables for Kids and journaling prompts for Adults!) 

  • Time Capsule (Activities to do with kids to document and process what this moment means to them.) 

There are also apps that can guide you through the process of capturing audio and video memories. Here are two of the best: