Living History: A Mission Santa Barbara Community Archive
Every one of us is living through history right now. As we all move forward individually, as families and as a community, our responses and experiences are shaping how this moment will be perceived in the future. To better record and remember the events of this historic time, the Mission Santa Barbara community is inviting everyone to come together and share their stories, experiences, and reflections.
Living History: A Mission Santa Barbara Community Archive is a project designed to collect, preserve, and record individual experiences in this moment. We invite you to join with us in this endeavor by responding directly to the prompts below, sharing your own reflections and stories, and/or by uploading photographs, artwork, journal entries, etc. We will incorporate your materials into this community-created collection, which will be maintained and curated by archivists of the Santa Bárbara Mission Archive-Library. These materials will become part of the historical record that will provide future generations with insight into the events we are all experiencing now, together. Just as each one of us, individually, is making history in this moment, this archive will record and preserve our shared history as well.
The Mission Santa Barbara community is made up of many different entities. There is Old Mission Santa Barbara itself, of course, but there is also the community of Franciscan Friars that lives at the Mission; the Novitiate of novices studying and training to become Friars; the Saint Barbara parish; and the Santa Bárbara Mission Archive-Library.
We are all currently struggling with the crisis associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Please share with us your reflections and stories about your experiences over the last few months dealing with the challenges of the pandemic. Feel free to respond to any of the following prompts if you would like, but we welcome whatever you would like to share...
What have been the hardest or most drastic changes you've seen in your town and community? Have you witnessed acts of human kindness through this crisis? How have you been staying connected with family and friends while staying at home? Have you celebrated any special events, such as holidays, birthdays, or anniversaries, and how did you celebrate differently at this time than in at past celebrations? Are there any changes you have made to your daily routine that you would like to continue after the pandemic?