Cafe du Monde Covid

Photo courtesy of the Historic New Orleans Collection

While the museum is currently closed, the staff of The Historic New Orleans Collection is hard at work. The dedicated team is chronicling the pandemic in New Orleans, which has one of the highest concentrations of COVID-19 cases in the nation, in real time.

Just as the museum presents primary sources of past times and events in their galleries and online, THNOC is actively collecting these sources to document the current crisis. Whether it is signage in a restaurant window, Tweets, or news articles, the primary sources will provide a firsthand look of how New Orleans is responding to the crisis for future generations. 

As the team digitally harvests online content through "crawling," they need help. 

"A snapshot of a journal entry. An email to mom. Group text threads. An inventory of all the toys on the floor. An account of your trip to the grocery store. Your symptoms. Your remedies. The places and people you miss. We’re at home, too. Tell us your story using #nolacorona."

By using #nolacorona in social media posts, your content will be saved by the museum. Restaurants are also called upon to participate, by sending in photos of their special menus put in place due to social distancing. More information about the museum's efforts can be found here.