Documenting Our COVID-19 Stories

Help Us Document Jasper County History - As it Happens!

History begins with you! 

Many years from now, future generations will ask how we responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the most important steps we can take is to proactively document these personal stories and experiences today. The Newton Public Library is launching a historical archiving project to encourage the community to document their personal experiences during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. All residents of Jasper County, Iowa are invited to participate.

We are interested in your photographs documenting the changes seen in daily life, during the pandemic. We encourage participants to share photos that show changes in our places of work and business, transitions to homeschooling and working from home, signs on businesses and throughout the community, and all of the changes we’ve made to routines in our daily lives.

What to Submit?

We’re looking for photographs that document how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected daily life here in Jasper County, Iowa. Subject matter for photographs might include:

  • Changes to your business or place of work
  • Online school and working from home
  • Signs on businesses or in yards
  • Heart displays on home windows
  • Sewing homemade masks
  • Changes to grocery stores (wearing masks, designated waiting spaces)

While participating in this project, please remember to respect social distancing guidelines and adhere to any photography policies in place at local businesses.

Submit Your Photos!

Click here to submit your photographs. If you have a large number of photographs to share, please email Public Services Librarian, Becca Klein, at Thank you for your participation in this important project!

View the Archive

Click here to view what has already been donated to the COVID-19 archive.

Contact us

For questions about the Documenting COVID-19 project, please contact:

Rebecca Klein
Public Services Librarian 

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