Illinois Stories-COVID 19 from Illinois State Museum

This year has no doubt been marked by the coronavirus pandemic. The Illinois State Museum has started a collection documenting Illinoisans experiences of the initial days shelter-in place and the summer’s movement for justice following the deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Louisville through art, personal essays, and photographs. The collection is on-going, but here are a few already in the collection:

Birthday Drive-bys, 2020. Illinois State Museum. Illinois Stories- Covid 19. Photograph by J Crin. Courtesy of Illinois State Museum.
Black Lives Matter Rally, 2020. Illinois State Museum. Illinois Stories- Covid 19. Photograph by Zach Adams. Courtesy of Illinois State Museum.
Park Do’s and Don’ts, 2020. Illinois State Museum. Illinois Stories- Covid 19. Photograph by
A. Jordan-Baker. Courtesy of Illinois State Museum.
“Crazy In Quarantine” , 2020. Illinois State Museum. Illinois Stories- Covid 19. Art by Ellie Baldwin. Courtesy of Illinois State Museum.
Penguin Field Trips at the Shedd, 2020. Illinois State Museum. Illinois Stories- Covid 19. Photograph by
Shedd Aquarium. Courtesy of Illinois State Museum.
Public Service Announcement, 2020. Illinois State Museum. Illinois Stories- Covid 19. Photograph by
M. Wilhelmi. Courtesy of Illinois State Museum.
Birthday Blues, 2020. Illinois State Museum. Illinois Stories- Covid 19. Photograph by
S. Carolan. Courtesy of Illinois State Museum.
Social Distancing with Friends, 2020. Illinois State Museum. Illinois Stories- Covid 19. Photograph by
B. Malany. Courtesy of Illinois State Museum.

For the rest of the collection and to read the reflections of people who have contributed their images and stories, please visit the IDHH or the Illinois State Library. If you’re interested in sharing your Covid-19 story, this page on the Illinois State Museum’s website has the information you need.

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