Castine Historical Society creating COVID-19 collection

CASTINE — History is in the making, and the Castine Historical Society wants to preserve a record of how the town weathered the COVID-19 pandemic.

The society is asking full-time and seasonal Castine residents for help in assembling the Castine COVID-19 Collection as part of a community-wide project. Residents are encouraged to take time to record the impact of COVID-19 on their lives and on the community.

“In the midst of isolation, illness, grief, anger and economic stress, it is hoped that this project could serve as a means of expression and documentation,” according to a statement from the society.

The Historical Society is seeking donations in a variety of forms including diaries, songs, photography, poetry, artwork, emails, letters, or even stream-of-consciousness writing on Facebook. Also, the project seeks information about closings, cancellations, town business and related material from organizations in town.

Future generations will benefit from the residents’ collective experiences and wisdom. Donations will be cataloged and archived. If requested, a 15-year restriction on the use of the donated material can be imposed and/or names can be redacted to maintain privacy.

To make a donation or to ask further questions, contact Curator Paige Lilly at [email protected] or leave her a message at 326-4118, ext. 11. For further information, visit

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