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Detroit Responds: Stories from the time of Covid-19

Madison Street and John R Street, with #Detroit-Strong displayed atop the Greektown Casino-Hotel in the background


       We are living in exceptional times. The COVID-19 Pandemic has impacted all of us. Families, friend groups and businesses have all been disrupted as social distancing and mandated shelter in place orders alter our daily lives. The Society wants to hear how this crisis is affecting you. 



Every experience and perspective is important.

You are not alone and we want to hear from you.




It's EASY!



Here's how:

Using your phone, tablet, laptop or desktop, record a 10-15 minute memory. Please address the questions below. That helps us with consistency.

If you do not want to share an audio recording with us, you can share your story by writing as well. 

After you've looked over the questions, click below to share your story!

On the 'Contribute' page please select WRITTEN or RECORDED HISTORY. 

Please include your preferred contact information in the 'Tell your story here' text box. 

If you want your story to be a part of the collection, DO NOT select "Keep Identity Private". If you do, the Society will not use your contribution.

Share your story HERE!

Please Note:

This should be a memory of an event or a place, with details such as names and dates stated as clearly as possible. This should NOT be a recorded opinion related to a political or social issue – these will not be saved. Of course, opinions related to the event or place you are memorializing are fine, but they should not constitute the bulk of your narrative.




What neighborhood (of Detroit) or city do you live in?

How old are you?

When did you first hear about COVID-19 (coronavirus)?

Were you worried at all?

When did you begin to worry about COVID-19 (if you worried at all)?

What steps did you take in response?

What do you do for work?

Has your job been affected?

Were you laid off or are you able to work from home?

If you're self-isolating, what are you doing to pass the time?

What books are you reading?

What movies or TV shows have you been watching?

How are you feeling?

Are you quarantined by yourself or with others?

What was it like to visit the grocery store?

Have you had any issues getting supplies?

Have you personally been afflicted with COVID-19?

Has your family or immediate friend group been personally impacted by COVID-19?

Do you work in the medical field? How has this crisis been you for?

How do you feel about the 'shelter-in-place' order?

What lesson do you hope is learned through this crisis?



 Supported by the generosity of Sarah and Chip McClure.


Detroit Responds: Stories from the Time of Covid-19




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