The Day by Day Project
The Kodiak Historical Society recognizes the incredible historic significance of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and its impact on our island community. Preventative measures including school closures, government mandates, social distancing, working from home, have already changed our lives on Kodiak dramatically. As each day unfolds, we are responding to the global pandemic and adapting the way we function as individuals, as families, and as a community. The stories we tell and our lives will be forever changed as the result of COVID-19.
The Kodiak History Museum has launched a special project in response COVID-19 called “Day By Day”. Project goals are twofold: to build historical records shared at the Kodiak History Museum, and to boost morale and build community in this time of crisis. Day By Day aims to collect digital files that represent this historic time on Kodiak Island. To establish a comprehensive collection of what’s happening in our community, we need help. Members of the community are asked to share digital files of their COVID experience by emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org. All files will be added to the historical society’s publicly accessible research files and may be shared online or in print.
Personal histories, thoughts, and feelings
Notices and signs
Social media posts
Anything you think helps represent this history on Kodiak.
Stay tuned for daily highlights from what people share as we get through this experience together.
Day by Day Highlights
This is where we’re at in Alaska on April 7th, 2020.
One family brought a little joy by decorating the outside of their neighbors’ window to celebrate a birthday.
We’re a few days late, but happy birthday, Payton! Wishing you all the best.
Safeway is trying to solve the toilet paper shortage by repackaging rolls and holding some back to make sure there’s enough for everyone. $3.99 for four rolls.
The governor ordered the closure of all non-essential businesses. Kodiak is very quiet.
Zoya Herrnsteen shared this haiku with us. Thanks, Zoya!
Who else is creating beautiful things at home? Don’t forget to share them with us for the Day by Day Project!
Many establishments have put tape markers on the floor to help customers remember to keep six feet apart.
Restaurants and places that provide food are considered essential services and allowed to stay open during this time. The Chamber of Commerce released a list of places where you can still grab a bite in Kodiak.
Many of the supplies need to combat COVID-19 are in high demand and in short supply. This Facebook post is from March 25th, 2020.
In the last few weeks many small businesses in Kodiak closed of their own accord and most of the rest closed when the Hunker Down order went into effect. Only a few “essential” businesses remain open.