Welcome to the Listen, y'all: Concho Valley Pandemic Histories Project homepage.
This project is meant to record voices of our community that might otherwise go unheard when we speak in the future of the COVID 19 pandemic in the Concho Valley.
We know that several books have already been written and published on the COVID 19 pandemic, even in these early days, but these books are more objective than subjective in content--they will be about first facts, rather than how individual folks have responded, what they experienced, and how their communities influenced them. This is especially true of smaller, more rural communities, like ours; there will be many books published that feature the narratives of larger, more urban residents--we want to make sure that the stories of folks from every walk of life are accounted for and valued. This is where you come in.
The Library believes in rounding out the narrative by providing a space where local residents can speak, write, or otherwise create and share their responses to living with the pandemic. By sharing your story, you are ensuring that the fabric of this narrative is richer, more inclusive, and provides a more accurate picture of how the pandemic affected our own little slice of heaven here in the Concho Valley. We want to be able to help present the story of how Concho Valley residents lived with and through this unique event, in their own voices, handwriting, and images.
What to submit:
We ask that you share your story with us in whatever format you are most comfortable--we are looking for about 20 minutes, lengthwise, but are welcome to submit more or multiple entries. Documents, letters, pictures, may be scanned, etc, and uploaded a PDF, PNG, and JPEG files. If you are under 18, we need your adult's permission to accept your submission. Of course, you keep ownership and any copyright associated with your work; by submitting the piece, you allow us to use and preserve it. Your submission will potentially become part of the Listen, y'all project and may be placed on display on the one-year anniversary of COVID's arrival to our region, next March. We will continue taking submissions until January.
How to Submit:
For now, your submission options include the following:
Deliver your physical document or piece to Amy Dennis at Stephens Central: 33 W. Beauregard, San Angelo, TX 76903.
Upload your digitized piece or recording to our secure Google Form.
Future opportunities will include regional interviews, pop-up recording sessions with area agencies, a dedicated recording booth at the library, and more.
How do I create an audio file on my phone?
To make an audio recording on an iPhone, open the Voice Memos app, and use the red record button to start and pause your recording. When you have completed your diary, tap Done, name your recording, and press Save.
Not all Android phones come with an audio recording application, but there exist several free downloadable apps that allow you to take extended and good quality audio recordings.
How do I create an audio file on my computer?
To make an audio recording on any Apple computer, open the Voice Memos application, and use the red record button to start and pause your recording. When you have completed your diary, tap or click Done, then click on the words “New Recording” to name your file.
To make an audio recording on a PC running Windows 10, open the Voice Recorder application. Click on the microphone to start recording. When you have completed your diary, tape or click the blue square. Your recording will be saved to a folder in your Documents directory called Sound Recordings.
If you have questions, please email us.
Stuck or don't know where to begin?
Consider writing your response as a letter. Here are some prompts:
- The thing I miss most about my pre-COVID life is...
- I’ve been spending my time…
- The initial lockdown made me feel…
- I still feel connected to my communities because…
- My loneliest moment happened…
- I love our area because…
- When this is over I will…
Conduct an interview with a loved one. Consider asking the following questions:
- What was most difficult about being here during the stay-at-home order or under other restrictions and why?
- What did you do to fight boredom during the stay-at-home order?
- Do you think living through this pandemic changed your life forever, and if so, how?
- What memory sticks out in your head most about the pandemic? Why do you think this has made such an impression on you?
- How do you think experiencing the pandemic in our area is different from experiencing it elsewhere? Why?
- For future generations: is there any wisdom you’d want to pass on to them? What would you want them to know about the pandemic?