“I think a lot of people are taking pictures on social media, but is it really being recorded in the same way that historical documents are?” Howard said. “And that’s what we’re trying to do. Document it, save it in a central place but also in a local place, too.”
No stranger to recording historical events, Augustine photographed the implosion of the Georgia Archives building in 2017 with drones.
Augustine thinks of himself as a futurist who reveres chronicling history.
“I think it’s like a time capsule … it’s like a snapshot of time.”
The DeKalb History Center has collected nearly 60 submissions. Those include prose from teenagers on how they’re keeping busy to reflections on learning how to fix a faucet.
Asked what he would like future generations to know about the coronavirus pandemic, Augustine says, “Just that we were all trying to do what we could to stop the spread of this.”