Pandemic Stories Project

The Pandemic Stories Project collects stories about individual experiences in Jessamine County during the COVID-19 pandemic to create a communal record of this history-making happening.

We want to hear your stories, whether they are tragic, funny, fascinating, surprising, sad—or all those things at once. Between May 15 and September 30, 2022, submit audio, video, written stories, and/or photos to the Pandemic Stories Project.

Getting Started

Need help getting started? Here are some questions that may help:

  • Do you remember what you were doing when you first heard about COVID-19 and the shut-down?
  • How has the pandemic affected your job?
  • What will you remember most vividly from the past two years?
  • In what ways has the pandemic affected your well-being?
  • Do you think there have been any upsides to the pandemic? If so, what are they?
  • Has the pandemic changed your relationships with family and friends? If so, how?
  • What did you learn during the past two years?
  • If you lost a loved one to COVID-19, what do you want the world to know about them?

How to Submit

Watch or Listen

Sheila Lovell’s Pandemic Story

Steve Phan’s Pandemic Story


Steve Phan, Chief of Interpretation at Camp Nelson National Monument, shared what it was like to move from Washington, DC to Kentucky and open a new National Park in the middle of a pandemic.

Download the transcript of Steve Phan’s Pandemic Story.

The Books and Bites Team’s Pandemic Story


The Books and Bites podcast staff recorded a story together. Listen to Carrie, Jacqueline, and Michael discuss pandemic life at JCPL.

Download the transcript of the Books and Bites Pandemic Story.