Preservation Long Island seeks to collect objects that tell the diverse stories of Long Islanders living through the COVID-19 pandemic 

Our world today is drastically different from the one we knew just over a year ago. We are living through a historic moment that has profoundly impacted our daily lives, behaviors, and communities. Long Islanders are bravely working to ensure our collective health and safety, enduring illness and loss, and discovering creative ways to express themselves and connect with each other. As we continue to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, protests against racial violence towards Black Americans and the systemic inequalities that impact our communities are taking place across the country in what is one of the most significant civil rights movements in recent history.

As history unfolds around us, museums, archives, and historical societies across the state, country, and world are collecting materials that reflect our lives during this unprecedented time. As a regional organization dedicated to preserving Long Island’s diverse cultural heritage, Preservation Long Island seeks to collect art, objects, and images that preserve the voices and lessons of today. Examples include homemade masks, protests signs, photography, and original art and craft projects. To learn about similar initiatives launched by museums across the country, check out this article from The New York Times. 


Share your stories, images, and objects with us on social media! Include an image and a brief description and tag us at @presevationlongisland and use the hashtag #PreserveLInow. We will share select items on our Blog, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram pages. We may also reach out to request a donation for our historic collections and will arrange a time to collect the item(s) when it is safe to do so. Be well and stay safe!

You may also share your images and stories with us by filling out this form.

Please read our Contribution Guidelines and Terms. 

If you have any questions about this initiative, please contact [email protected]
If you are interested in learning more about donating objects to our collections, check out our Donating Objects to Preservation Long Island page.