UNION, NJ – We are all living through an incredible, extraordinary moment in our lifetime. Documenting the impact of this crisis on regular people, as it unfolds, is important for history, specifically recording the effect of the pandemic on residents of Union.

The Union Public Library, in partnership with the Union Township Historical Society and the Vauxhall Historical Society, Inc. have formed a coalition to document the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the people, businesses, schools, and families of Union.

“We want to document how people in Union are coping with the pandemic, how they have changed because of it,” said Karen Jason, Library Manager at the Union Public Library.  “We want to leave this story for students of history to understand the impact of the pandemic in the microcosm that is Union.”

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The coalition is asking residents, young and old, to submit a photo, essay, paragraph, letter, video recording, drawing or any other means to communicate the effect of COVID-19 on them.  Questions to think about include:

How has the pandemic affected your personal life and any of the activities of which you are a participant? 

·      Example: family, job, business, church, social activities, and etcetera. 

What are you doing now because of the pandemic, that we were not doing before the pandemic? 

·      Examples: wearing mask, social distancing, sanitizing, and etcetera.    

What do you most remember about this time, during the quarantine and after

What surprised you most as the pandemic (and quarantine) unfolded?

What is an unexpected, positive impact of the pandemic on you or your family?

  • Precious quality time with your family?

What is an unexpected, negative impact of the pandemic on you or your family?

  • Not seeing loved ones?

What is the most difficult part of this experience?  What is your biggest fear?

  • Being stuck at home?

What are your hopes for the future when this is over?

“The value of sharing experiences and thoughts about living through this pandemic is for our future historians,” said Barbara LaMort, President of the Union Township Historical Society.  “We have such a great capacity to share how this has affected us in all aspects of our life.”

The collection will be made available to the public in the near future, said Jason.

“We are looking for people to be part of documenting something that has affected our daily lives in such a big way,” said Jonny Rosser, Treasurer of the Vauxhall Historical Society.  “We are all making history.”

The coalition is asking for residents to send any thoughts, large or small, to help document this unprecedented time in our history.  Responses may be submitted in one of three ways:

Website form:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf-W9wboMAp4Yg0hoyVKJZoSHNmLH5TmHxZcW4bSBaonbJT2Q/viewform

Email:  COVID19NOTES@uplnj.org

Mail:  Union Public Library

            Attention:  COVID19 Notes

            1980 Morris Avenue

            Union, NJ  07083

All submissions* must be accompanied by first and last name, age, and any other information you would like included such as occupation, school/grade, etc.


*Documenting History Coalition has permission to share the words and pictures with the public as part of the historical record and no benefit, financial or otherwise, is given or implied for the submitted material.