About the project

Stories of everyday Chapel Hillians living through extraordinary times

Chapel Hill Pandemic Stories is a grant-funded project exploring how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Chapel Hill’s diverse communities. In 2022, Chapel Hill Public Library staff worked with community partners to identify and recruit project participants who represented Chapel Hill’s diverse demographics, including residents from Spanish, Arabic, and Karen language communities.

Elements to explore:

  • Interviews. Project staff worked with participants to document their experiences living through the pandemic using photo portraits and audio interviews.
  • Podcast. Listen to a special series of Re/Collecting Chapel Hill about life during pandemic.
  • Toolkit. Project staff also developed a toolkit that is available for other organizations to adapt for their own use. [Coming soon]
  • Workbook. Document your own pandemic experiences using this whimsical workbook created by project staff. You can print your own or stop by the library for a pre-printed workbook.
  • Story Booth. Visitors can experience the audio stories and record their own in the Story Booth outside of the Community History Offices at Chapel Hill Public Library. [photos coming soon]


Project funding is supported in part by North Carolina Humanities, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities,

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed on this website do not necessarily represent those of North Carolina Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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