Wisconsin Historical Society Seeks Journaling Participants

The Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS) has long been a leader in documenting history as it happens, dating back to the Civil War, when founding director Lyman Draper asked soldiers stationed at Camp Randall to record their daily lives in journals. You can help write a new chapter in history, chronicling the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on Wisconsin and beyond.

The WHS is seeking individuals and organizations from all walks of life, backgrounds and cultures to create journals. Perspectives from a retired couple or school-aged child are just as important as those from front-line health-care workers.

Participants are asked to keep a 30-, 60- or 90-day journal in whatever format works best for you: written, recorded on audio or video, photographed or expressed through artwork. Journal entries should provide a summary of your day and, over time, should document how the pandemic has affected your life, your family and your perspective of the world. Visit to sign up.