The COVID-19 Project:

Thirty-one Days of Isolation in Small Town Middle America

During the month of May we asked the people of our community to keep a journal of their lives while we sheltered-in-place. You could keep your journal on your computer or hand write it. It didn’t matter how mundane the day seemed, we just asked that you record your thoughts and experiences.

The idea of keeping a journal during our current isolation was inspired by the London Blitz during World War II. Hub Board Member Richard Fishel got the idea from a book he was reading about Churchill and the London Blitz. Londoners were encouraged to keep diaries/ journals about their daily lives during the war. The emphasis was on the mundane things that didn’t make the headlines.

Afterwards, we’d like to turn the journals into a book or blog that focuses on how small town, Mid-America coped with a month of self-isolation.


The Project: Keep a journal about daily life during self-isolation starting May 1 and ending May 31, 2020.

Requirements: Write in your journal each day. You can write as much or as little as you like. You do not have to turn it in to us when you are done. However, if you’d like to be included in the book/blog part of the project you can give us a copy at the end of the month.

Age requirements: This is for all ages!

Submit your journal entries: You can upload your files if you wrote on the computers or take pictures or scan your entries if handwritten. You don’t have to submit the whole month. You can choose the entries you want to submit or include them all. Also feel free to edit out names. We will also edit names and personal details when we post the blog. Let us know in the comment part of the form if you want to remain anonymous.