We are performing risk assessment of COVID-19 in terms of our annual conference and regional events. We tentatively postponed our March 2020 conference to September 11-13, 2020 as a Zoom based experience. Please stay in-touch with us to know what our next steps are for this pandemic.

COVID-19 Oral History:

  • COVID-19 Story-Collecting Initiatives
  • Every Day-Teaching in the COVID-19 Era, Dr. Summer Cherland, SOHA 2nd Vice President, has worked on launching a blog about Every Day-Teaching in the COVID-19 Era with the South Phoenix Oral History project. See the blog and updates about this incredible work on the South Phoenix Oral History site.
  • California Historical Society, “Since its inception in 1871, the archives of the California Historical Society have attested to the power of ordinary people’s testimonies through diaries, letters, scrapbooks, and oral histories. We are creating a collection to document life in California during the current COVID-19 pandemic.”
  • The Los Angeles Public Library is inviting Angelenos to contribute materials that document life during the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Submissions will be curated and made available in a digital collection accessible through our online special collections portal, Tessa.
  • StanfordCal State Dominguez Hillsthe Palos Verdes Library District, and the Autry Museum of the American West
  • The COVID-19 Oral History Project is inspired by the “Rapid Response Collecting” approach that has been used in the public history and museum context for decades–primarily as a way to collect the stories, material culture, digital creations, and ephemera of historical events.
  • The Race and Oral History Project is a collaboration of UC San Diego students and different community-based and grassroots organizations in the Greater San Diego region. Its goal is to document the life stories of everyday people who make up the city yet are often marginalized from its narratives.
  • Columbia University, “To achieve these goals, this research combines three approaches to data gathering which capture the evolving and multi-dimensional impact of the COVID-19 crisis on New Yorkers: First, a survey of 1,000 people will track through consecutive phases of the research shifts in stress responses, helping behaviors, social isolation, and resilience among subjects. Demographic data gathered from the survey will inform and refine recruitment of new participants. The sample will be stratified across different scales of the response: everyday New Yorkers, frontline workers–including first and second responders, critical infrastructure and other essential workers; and strategic level decision makers, managers, and planners.”


Please see the  Projects Page for other initiatives.