Through Kids' Eyes

The history of childhood is a field that has grown up over the past several decades. There's a fascinating body of literature out there that tries to understand not only how childhood has changed over time, but how children's experiences have shifted too. One significant road block for us in knowing more about the history of kids, is that they were so rarely ever asked -- their voices in the historical record are rare. One place where this has been disrupted, however, is in the history of epidemics--particularly polio. Since polio struck children far more than adults, stories from polio survivors often focus on childhood memories. This got the team at Beyond Better thinking--what if we asked kids now to tell us about their COVID19 experiences? What would we see or learn about the pandemic that we hadn't thought about yet? What might these resources do for historians in the future who want to unpack the lived realities of kids during the COVID19 shutdown?

If you and your kids are interested in participating, we would love to hear from you. All you have to do is download and fill out the kids' worksheet (below), take a photo of their responses, and email it to us at Make sure you provide the requested info on the back page of the form that asks if your child would like to participate in a recorded Zoom oral history interview. We may not be able to interview everyone, but by filling out the worksheet, your child's experiences of the pandemic will become part of the historical record!

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