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Alliance offers new program: ‘Historians At Home’


The COVID-19 pandemic has created numerous uncertainties and challenges, but the Heritage Alliance is working hard to make the current “safer at home” order an opportunity to create a new type of historical record. This week, The Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia launched a crowd-sourcing collection project entitled “Historians At Home.” 

Historians At Home is a letter-collecting campaign that gathers, saves, and shares first-person accounts of the COVID-19 pandemic from local residents. 

It allows The Heritage Alliance, a local history non-profit, to engage with the public remotely, and collect original, first person materials from this highly irregular historical moment. 

Contributors are asked to write a letter or email detailing their experience and perspective, and are provided with a series of starter questions to consider. 

Historians At Home is a great activity for all ages, and also fits well into a home-school curriculum. 

In 2019, The Heritage Alliance served over 36,000 people, including local residents and out-of-town visitors. Despite museum and office closures, Historians At Home allows The Heritage Alliance to continue facilitating a relationship between history and the public from afar. 

So consider submitting a letter via email, including a completed Written Release, to [email protected] You can also mail your letter and release to The Heritage Alliance at 212 E. Sabine Drive, Jonesborough, TN 37659. The Heritage Alliance would love to hear from you, and all of the other Historians At Home. 

For more information on the Historians At Home initiative or the Heritage Alliance, please call our office at (423) 753-9580. 

You can also contact the organization via email at [email protected]  Additional information about the Heritage Alliance and its mission can be found online at 

Be sure to follow the Heritage Alliance Facebook pages for updates about Historians At Home and other Heritage Alliance programs.