Primary sources from earlier crises, like the 1918 flu pandemic, are invaluable tools and resources that help historians, scholars, and individuals understand how our nation met the challenges like those we are facing now.
The Oxford Area Historical Association (OAHA) has been and continues to be the repository for the stories about the people and events that created modern Oxford, PA.
Now, as we meet the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, OAHA wants to ensure that those who come after us remember and understand the trial we are enduring. We want to preserve the stories of how our lives were disrupted and transformed by both the virus and the economic fallout. To that end, we are asking for your help as we chronicle and collect Oxford's experience during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020.
If you are documenting life during the current pandemic through photographs, written records, audio recordings, videos, or other records, we would like for you to share it with us. Have you written poems, short stories, or are you keeping a journal? Are there acts of kindness and heroism in your community that you hope future generations will remember? Are you a medical professional caring for the sick? Are you a small business owner helping to meet the needs of people in your community? The list is endless, but in sharing these stories of struggle, triumph, and creativity you will help OAHA to fulfill our mission and become a part of the recorded history of this pandemic for future generations.
Collected materials may become part of OAHA's permanent collection and be made available to researchers once processed and cataloged. Some items may be used now and in the future for online exhibits, displays at OAHA's archives, and social media campaigns.
Please fill out the following form to send us your contributions to history.