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Suggested Questions

Help document life in Central Maine during the COVID-19 pandemic by submitting your stories our Emergency Archive. We also invite you to share stories about living through other times of emergency and upheaval. Did you experience the April Fools' Day Flood of 1987, the Ice Storm of 1998, or other historic disasters? What personal memories or stories of community resilience do you have of those times?

Below are some suggested questions to help guide your self-reflection or interview. If you are conducting an interview, remember that it's okay to let the conversation flow naturally and lead you to other topics.

  • What changes are you experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic? How has your daily life been impacted? What has changed in your work life? Your relationship with friends and family?

  • How do you see your community changing with the pandemic? Describe life in your community before and after the outbreak. How are community members responding to the virus?

  • How are you staying in touch with others during this time of stay-at-home orders and physical distancing? How are you spending time at home? What helps you feel you will get through this?

  • Do you remember the April Fools’ Day Flood of 1987? Where were you on that day? What did you witness? How did you feel? What impacts did the flood have on your community?

  • Have you lived through any other emergency situations? What do you remember most about those events? What will be important to share about these experiences with future generations?

  • Additional Prompts to Inspire Your Words and Images from Maine Contemporary Archives.