Bartow History Museum
Located in Historic Downtown Cartersville.
Living History Together...
Collecting Experiences of
Covid-19 in Bartow County
From the Director...
We are all historians today.

All of us are experiencing a period in history that most of us just a few short weeks ago couldn’t even imagine. Life has changed dramatically. We’ve been social distancing and sheltering in place. Some of us have lost friends and loved ones. Many have adapted to working from home and digital learning, while others have heroically remained at work to fight the virus and keep
us safe.

In the midst of this pandemic, we have witnessed a remarkable outpouring of care and love for others as people work together and support each other. Just from our office, I have heard stories of baking cookies for a neighbor, playing the piano over the phone to spread cheer, volunteering at a food pantry, and making masks for friends and family.

We’d like to capture these stories, memories, touchpoints, and physical reminders that represent life in Bartow County during this historic time. 

Please see below for how YOU can help preserve the ways Covid-19 has reshaped our world and our community. Feel free to share the link with others who may have something to share too.

Thank you!
Trey Gaines
Capturing life during Covid-19

The Bartow History Museum wants to ensure future generations remember and understand this time in our history.
Will you help us?

If you have stories, photographs, drawings, diaries, or physical objects that chronicle life in Bartow County during the Covid-19 pandemic, please share them with us.

  • Experiences of healthcare providers, first responders, teachers, students, business owners, religious leaders, volunteers, restaurant workers, and others
  • Journal entries or personal reflections capturing feelings at the time of quarantine, of loss, of fear, or of finding joy in helping others
  • Photos of your favorite restaurant sitting empty, of your church sign announcing virtual services, of your kids learning from home, of a health care professional going to work, of a neighborhood or care facility car parade, etc.
  • Audio or video recordings of a virtual concert or family phone call over Zoom, etc.
  • A homemade banner or sign showing encouragement and support
  • A restaurant drive-thru open sign

These are just a few of the things you can share to help chronicle Covid-19 in Bartow County and contribute to the historical record.

Click on the link below to tell us your story and upload your most memorable photos or videos. These collected items may become part of the museum’s permanent collection and used in future research, exhibits, or other ways to study and remember this experience.

Thank you for helping to preserve Bartow County history!

Some ways to share your experiences...


Listen to Paige Jennings as she captures her experience at once again picking up the piccolo during her time at home.

Written stories...

by Brenda Harris
When the virus hit our county and the schools closed, my granddaughter, Abbey, immediately asked me to get her a mask for her and all of our family. So, the mask making began with my fabric stash and with what little elastic I had on hand. I proceeded to make about 60 or so masks for family and friends.  Read more...


Check out these photos illustrating life in Bartow County during the Covid-19 pandemic.

We've all felt the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. If you are in a financial position to help, please consider making a contribution to the Bartow History Museum. Together, we will get through this. Thank you!

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4 East Church Street
Cartersville, GA

Monday - Saturday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.