About the COVID-19 in Houston Memory Project
On January 21, 2020 the United States confirmed its first COVID-19 case in Washington State. Less than two months later, Texas was reporting positive cases of the coronavirus and on March 13, 2020 former President Trump declared a state of national emergency. In Houston, city employees faced the challenges of balancing their “essential worker” status with the uncertainty of the times. At the Houston Public Library, staff navigated work from home options, took on new roles as temperature takers and call-center assistants, and responded to calls to create digital content and offer curbside access. This transpired all in the midst of massive protests across the nation around social justice issues and a divisive presidential election.
HPL’s Oral History Archivists believe it is important to document the Houston experience during this ongoing global crisis. Houston’s diverse population can offer many unique perspectives on life during this major crisis. The Houston Metropolitan Research Center and the African American Library at the Gregory School seek to document and preserve these memories to help future researchers and the general public understand how Houstonians experienced this unprecedented time.
How to Participate
If you, or someone you know, is interested in participating in this Memory Project, follow the steps below. Feel free to share this page!
Step 1: Complete the Memory Project Interest Form
Step 2: An archivist will contact you to schedule your pre-interview call
Step 3: Virtually "meet" with the archivist to record your interview on Microsoft Teams
How to Prepare for Your Interview
Review the FAQs for Virtual Interviews for this project to find out how to prepare and what to expect during your interview.