'You Are Living History' — Elgin Museum Captures Experiences of COVID-19, Social Justice

‘You Are Living History’ — Elgin Museum Captures Experiences of COVID-19, Social Justice

In support of peaceful protest and the end to racial discrimination, the Elgin History Museum continues to document current activities through the You Are Living History campaign.

Museum officials wants to hear your thoughts and feelings on the recent social justice protests. Visit the Elgin History Museum’s website, where you can describe your feelings or observations. Send, email, or drop off photos, video, or items that you think tell the story of this extraordinary time in Elgin’s history.

All photos and items submitted will be preserved in the museum’s archives and may be placed in a future exhibit.

Through collecting oral and family histories, old photographs and film, objects and archival papers, the museum offers opportunities to talk about injustices and discrimination through facts and memory.

The award-winning documentary Project 2-3-1: Two Boxcars, Three Blocks, One City: A Story of Elgin’s African American Heritage, is available on the Museum YouTube channel. The documentary chronicles the fight for African American equality in Elgin, and how that fight continues today.

The well-received accompanying traveling exhibit has shown in 15 venues and is available for rent at schools, libraries, and public institutions.

Museum officials say the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the lives of residents of Elgin and the surrounding communities, including the way we interact with each other and make community, share public space, and even our language.

The museum is still collecting your experiences and items related to the COVID-19 pandemic for a future exhibit. Choose from a variety of topics such as: socializing, voting, shopping, and home, family and faith.

Museum staff invite you to share as little or as much as you would like.

Museum Will Reopen To Public July 8

Operating hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The safety of staff, volunteers, and visitors is top priority. See the museum’s new protocols here.