The Highline Heritage Museum and City of Burien are teaming up to document the stories of our community’s experience during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Burien Pandemic Story Project aims to document the stories, photos, and other artifacts of community member’s experiences during the pandemic.

“While we honor the sacrifices and hard work of our essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is the work of everyday people like you that are also helping ‘flatten the curve,'” organizers said.

How does it work?
Organizers want to hear your story in your own words. But sometimes, it’s hard to tell a story without a little help. Here are a few questions to get you started.

  1. What was the most hopeful or inspiring part of this experience?
  2. What was the most unexpected?
  3. What was the most difficult part of this experience?
  4. How do you think your life will be the same or different after this experience?

Once your story is complete, you can share your story in one of two ways:

  1. Submit your story via email to [email protected].
  2. Record yourself or your family member and submit the file to [email protected].
  3. If you are comfortable sharing a photo of yourself, your family or friends, please share that as well. We would prefer the highest resolution photo you can share.

You can remain anonymous or attach your name to the story. In order for us to follow up, please provide a name and email or phone number.

They will accept stories in all languages.

This first round of story collection ends on June 27, 2020. They will open another round of story collection at a later date.

If you are willing to share, your story may be selected to be published in the fall issue of the Burien Magazine. Your story will also be added to the museum’s COVID-19 collection.

About the City of Burien
The City of Burien is a vibrant and creative community, where the residents embrace diversity, celebrate arts and culture, promote vitality, and treasure the environment. For more information, visit www.burienwa.gov.

About the Highline Heritage Museum
The Highline Heritage Museum captures the stories of the Highline region to create exhibits, public programs, and educational programs that enrich our cultural connections. HHM bridges the years from the earliest of times to the newest immigrant stories. We believe that exploring everyone’s heritage is integral to learning what our community truly is. Our passion is for our visitors to have access to a broad spectrum of information sources and cultural perspectives. We envision ourselves sitting at a round table where no one is the leader and stories are heard respectfully, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, disabilities or ethnicity. We want our stories to spark discussions and to share differences and similarities. We are creating a place where visitors can connect with the stories and with each other. Learn more at https://highlinehistory.org.