• Elizabeth Tobias

Share Your Story in the Corona Chronicles

A New Project from The La Jolla Historical Society


Drawing by Gaia Campos, Age 12


“This is a historic moment,” said La Jolla Historical Society executive director Heath Fox. “A pandemic of this nature has not happened in 100 years and so we’re collecting stories from people living through this today. You have been living under a stay-at-home order, so tell us what staying at home has been like. How are you feeling about the experience?”


The Corona Chronicles will be an archival history of this moment in time for future generations. It will create a framework for understanding our shared experiences and will provide future generations a lens through which to view our collective history,” says collections manager, Dana Hicks.


“For the La Jolla Historical Society, it is an opportunity to collect stories from people that we can archive and make available for future historians and researchers. It’s a good piece of history for us to capture and share in some form and create a historical record in the longer term. The stories will be preserved in archival materials, boxes and things. It could be booklet. We will see what to do with them,” says Hicks.


The format is open-ended, but many of the responses that have come in thus far have been written prose. “But we would accept poetry, relevant photographs, and if someone were to create artwork, we would accept a photograph of that,” Fox said. “Anything that shows how we are responding to domestic life.”


Although the Historical Society is rooted in La Jolla, it is welcoming submissions for the Corona Chronicles from the community at large.


In a recent submission, a seventh grade student wrote, “It was March 2020 and the Corona virus came to change our lives… My friends are one of the biggest things that help me get up in the morning, So, yes, this quarantine has ups and downs, we are trying to get through it as best we can.”


The following set of prompts are intended to guide responses, but all submissions are welcome:

How are you?

How are you taking care of yourself?

How is your community is coming together?

What are you creating?

What are you reading?

What are you watching?

What are you cooking?

What are you growing in your garden?

What is something that you have gained from this experience?

What is something that you have lost?


The La Jolla Historical Society is unique in its role as a historic house museum. They develop projects that engage disciplinary boundaries and explore the relationship of culture to society, collaborating with guest curators, artists, architects, and other cultural producers. Programs include exhibitions, presentations, symposia, discussions, interviews, architecture tours, youth education, and annual community events such as the Secret Garden Tour of La Jolla and the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance & Motor Car Classic. The Society consults with the City of San Diego regarding landmark designation of properties located in La Jolla


To submit a story, poem, or drawing, write to info@lajollahistory.org





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