The stories from our community
reflect the heart and soul of our city

The Little Falls Historical Society has developed this special page on its website to serve as a repository for written work, artwork, photographs and other materials related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The goal of this project is to create a collective body of work that will serve as a historic record of how individuals, families, government, schools, businesses and other organizations are dealing with disruptions in their daily routines due to COVID-19. Future generations will be able to better understand how our community responded to this crisis.

What is your story?

Click the arrows on the right to scroll through stories.

What did you do today or this week that is different than what you would do during a “normal” day or week?

  • How are people around you responding?
  • How has this crisis impacted you and your family?
  • What has been the most difficult thing for you personally about this crisis?
  • What are your biggest concerns right now?
  • What brings you joy or comfort right now?
  • What changes have you personally experienced (physically, mentally, emotionally or psychologically) since this crisis began?

I am a 69-year-old male and retired history teacher.

The COVID-19-induced isolation has provided plenty of time for reflection.

I look to history for parallels and inspiration. My grandparents lived through the 1918 flu epidemic, they and my parents all lived through both the 1930’s Great Depression and WW II; my father fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Most of us lived through 9/11. By comparison, the changes that my wife and I have had to make in our lives at this time are almost insignificant.

Our sacrifices are dwarfed by those made everyday by front line health care workers and other essential employees.

Look 150 miles south to New York City and its huge death count. Look at the 40 million made unemployed by COVID-19. Look at the 70,000 families who have lost loved ones who cannot even be properly mourned. My heart bleeds for these families and for our country. Me, no restaurant meals, no haircuts, limited social contact, no big deal. I do miss Yankee baseball, but no whining here.

This pandemic is disempowering, how does one help?

Donate $$ to food banks, to food pantries, help the needy. Be grateful. Follow the rules on social distancing and face mask wearing. Thank the front line workers. Show a largeness of spirit.  Be productive. History will assign blame. Be kind to one another.

The Covid 19 pandemic has altered our daily living in a few profound ways - Good & Bad…

We live in fear every day of one of us becoming sick. My husband has breathing issues, because of a lifetime with asthma. We are so fearful that if we did catch this virus, that he may not survive it. We start our day with this thought every morning. We struggle mentally to get past this thought and on to other thoughts of what we will do with our day. We have never woken up in fear before.

We are Retired, so how we spend our day is up to us.

Pre-pandemic, we spent most days volunteering somewhere. We would spend most of each day out doing something for someone else and return at supper time happy and tired.  This is our 7th week at home and we are loving it!  We have realized that we had our life out of balance. We have learned that we need to put doing for ourselves just as important as doing for others. Lesson learned.

Going to the market for us was a social, enjoyable outing that we looked forward to on a weekly basis.

We more often then not ran into a friend that we hadn’t spoken with in quite sometime.  We usually would chat for 5 to 10 minute and catch up with each other’s lives and then leisurely walk away feeling happy & connected, to continue on with our food shopping until we ran into someone else along the way. Now we get panicky just entering the market. By the time we get suited up to go into a shop, we are soaked in nervous sweat with a mask sucked into our mouths.  Without speaking to anyone we go with our food list in hand and shop as quickly as we can. Then head to get back into the car to wipe it, ourselves & our purchases down with disinfectant. Gone is the joy begotten from such a simple outing.

I am nearly eighty-four years old and live alone.

I think my time in college many, many years ago, especially graduate school, well prepared me to be self-sufficient to a degree. I love to cook and this eliminated one potential problem – lack of proper nourishment. But, I mostly loved to cook for others. Now gone! I haven’t been in a store in six weeks – my daughters in Clifton Park keep me well supplied with all my food and other needs. No more eating out – a favorite pastime of mine.

 For my entire life, I have been a “social” person, whether it be with my family and friends, at work, at play, or in my community activities.

Those that know me know I love to write and talk, to educate others.  Since I can’t do this person-to person, I have had to resort to technology. Thank God for the telephone, the internet, U Tube, texting, emails, FaceTime, etc. I connect with family, and new and old friends both in Little Falls and all over the country on a daily basis. But I do miss my friends at Holy Family Parish, and going to the Historical Society on a daily basis. I deeply miss our intense pitch games.

So what do I do?

I have revisited writing projects that have been “on the shelf” for several years.  On one, I have amassed over 65,000 words on eighty type written pages! I’ve done some yard work, and look forward to warmer weather. The best thing though, is my daily ride. Each day I drive (with my mask and gloves in hand) twenty to thirty miles around the surrounding countryside. I much more appreciate the astoundingly beautiful area in which we live. The pandemic – it too will pass.

Little Falls Student Stories

The Little Falls Historical Society will publish student stories below.

 

hello! So being a kid in these times are very hard.

We can’t go to school so school has been moved to online.

but it’s hard mostly because our teacher is not here to teach us.  So of course we can’t physically interact with each other but we can interact between phones! mostly i have been focusing on my schoolwork but when I’m done with that I usally call my friends to see what’s been happening with them. at this time right now I would be at school doing classwork but I can’t do that. I don’t like that I can’t go to stores [if I have to] without a mask I miss just the regular way of everything.the thing bringing me joy right now is social media like FaceTime etc. and my dogs. when this crisis is over I will most likely spend a night with one of my friends! I miss my sports very much I won’t be able to play softball this year which makes me very sad. I will meet with my friends outside but only certain ones like my neighbors!!  I think I practice social distancing in stores more then I would any where else!

STORY SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

You may submit any creative work electronically that reflects how you, your family, and friends have been forced to make changes in your everyday lives. Look inward for ideas.

You can submit written work such as short essays, journal-like entries, and poems. You can also submit artwork and photographs.

The submissions we publish will

  • Be polite.
  • Not contain political statements. No finger pointing. Let history assign blame.
  • Paint a real picture of daily life for students.
  • Be heartfelt expressions of what it means to live in Little Falls today.
  • Please do not submit anything about yourself or others that is too personal for others to read or see.

Submit your story

Use the form below to submit your story. When submitting your story, please follow the guidelines on the left

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If you checked yes, we will contact you to tell you how you can send a picture to go along with your story.

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Contact Us

Little Falls Historical Society Museum
319 South Ann Street
Little Falls, NY  (Get directions)

(315) 823-0643

Little Falls Historical Society Update

To help support NYS and US efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health of our visitors and staff, the Little Falls Historical Society Museum is temporarily closed to the public until it is safe to reopen. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and look forward to resuming operation whenever possible. We will continue to follow guidelines from the Center for Disease Control, Governor’s Office, and federal government.  Check back here for updates.

We encourage you to stay connected with us online.

Additionally, our 2020 Writing Series began in April and will continue to be published in the Times Telegram and on our website.

Please continue to stay safe and well.

Little Falls Historical Society Museum
319 South Ann Street
Little Falls, NY

In case of emergency please call:
Jeffrey Gressler at (315) 823-2799
Louis Baum at (315) 823-0620 or (315) 867-3527