PATERSON, NJ - While the COVID-19 pandemic is something we’d all like to forget, Paterson’s two repositories of local history, the Paterson Free Public Library and the Paterson Museum, have partnered to make sure that it, and how local residents were impacted and responded, is remembered.

Together, they are asking anyone that lives, works, or goes to school in Paterson to create a chronicle of their experiences, through written accounts, videos, or photographs. Submissions will be used to create a visual archive and to share the experiences of the Pandemic in Paterson with the community and beyond.

Written accounts should be 1000 words or less and share thoughts and experiences, while photographs, 25 MB or smaller, should include a short caption. Videos, also 25 MB or smaller, and five minutes or less, should be in the voice of the producer and show them or their family at work or play during the pandemic.

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