PV Library Local History

 

 

March 23, 2020
 
Dear Peninsula Community and Beyond:  
 
As the archivist and local history librarian with the Palos Verdes Library District, I hope this letter finds you safe and well.  
 
History is often associated with the past - events of someone or something not connected with us.  There is nothing like a global health crisis, however, to realize we are making and living history right now.  
 
During these unprecedented times in our nation's history, the Local History Center is taking the opportunity to bring its public documentation initiative, Your Story is the Peninsula's Story (YSPS) online.  With our lives turned upside down with the Coronovirus/COVID-19 breakout, having the ability to contribute remotely is needed now more than ever.  
 
How will this current public health crisis be remembered?  I suggest it is much more than the number of cases and deaths; it is how each and every one of us is experiencing it in our day-to-day lives. 
 
I invite you and your family to share your Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak stories with YSPS Online.  Parents and educators, please take this as an opportunity to help your students tell their story. 
 
If you are now working from home, homeschooling your children, being homeschooled, stranded at home after college spring break, or serving your community or neighbors in a different capacity, your photos and reflections will help document this extraordinary event.   
 
Your contributions will help build a resource of primary documentation so future generations can understand the history we are now living.  All contributions will become part of the Your Story is the Peninsula’s Story Collection on the Library’s digital repository, www.palosverdeshistory.org.  Every story matters.
 
To participate, please access the YSPS Online form.  (If you do not have a gmail account, required for security reasons, please contact me directly for assistance.). Please share the form link with anyone you think might be interested.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to let me know.  I would also be interested in collecting diaries or journals kept during this time as important documentation of Coronavirus 2020. 
 
Stay healthy. 
 
Sincerely, 
 
Monique Sugimoto
msugimoto@pvld.org