NCSML Requests Community Assistance to Document Covid-19 Experiences

Cedar Rapids, IA – The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library recognizes that we are living in a pivotal moment of history. As a cultural museum that uses stories and events from the past to better understand the present and prepare for the future, the NCSML will document how families are dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.

“It is so important for us to capture these stories, artifacts, and memorabilia from this pandemic so that future generations can learn from this moment in time,” NCSML President and CEO Dr. Cecilia Rokusek says. “We can take these rich stories, discuss them, share then, and even compare them to the stories of survival from our immigrants of all backgrounds.”

“We hope to use the information we collect for future programs about resilience, dedication, patience, sacrifice, and coping,” she adds.

To do this, the NCSML needs your help.  We encourage families to contribute their stories about how they are coping with Covid-19 today and to have intergenerational family conversations where mature adults share their life experiences concerning their own health-related experiences with younger generations.

Things to submit:

• Written stories
• Photos
• Video recordings
• Audio recordings
• Physical items such as signs or artwork created during the pandemic (no used face masks, please!)

Contact Library Director Dave Muhlena at to arrange coordination of physical items.

Covid-19 Stories Submission Form

  • Questions in response to the Covid-19 pandemic

  • Allowed formats include: jpg, png, gif, mp4, mov, pdf, mp3, txt, doc, docx. Maximum file size upload is 50MB. For files larger than this size limit, please provide an external link, such as Dropbox or Google Drive. Please note, large files will take a while to upload. You will see a green message "Thank you for submitting your information!" if upload is successful.
    Accepted file types: jpg, png, gif, mp4, mov, pdf, mp3, txt, doc, docx, Max. file size: 100 MB.
  • You must be 18 years of age or older to submit materials, and they must not violate any copyright, confidentiality, privacy, security, or other laws. By submitting, you give the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML) permission to make these materials publicly available online.
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