Preservation Long Island launches a crowd-sourced

initiative to collect the diverse stories

of Long Islanders living through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Preserving the Present – Collecting in the Time of COVID-19, Preservation Long Island

As history unfolds around us, museums, archives, and historical societies across the state, country, and world are collecting stories and objects that define our lives during this global crisis. As a regional organization dedicated to preserving Long Island’s diverse cultural heritage, Preservation Long Island has launched Preserving the Present – Collecting in the Time of COVID-19, an initiative to build a collection around the art, objects, and stories that uniquely reflect this historic moment, from the experience of Long Island’s healthcare professionals and other essential workers, to COVID-19’s impact on local businesses, workers, and those isolating and creating at home.

Collecting art and artifacts pertaining to Long Island history since its founding in 1948, Preservation Long Island is home to what is recognized as one of the most robust and significant regional assemblages of material culture in New York State. Both diverse and comprehensive, Preservation Long Island’s collections comprise approximately 3,000 objects and 185 cubic feet of archival materials. Ranging from artistic and technological masterworks, to documentary imagery and everyday artifacts, Preservation Long Island’s collections reveal four centuries of life on Long Island.


Long Islanders can participate in Preserving the Present in the following ways:

  •   Share their stories, images, and objects on social media. Submissions must include an image and a brief description and tag @presevationlongisland. Please use the hashtag #PreserveLInow.
  •   Participants may also submit images and stories online at by filling out the Preserving the Present form.Preservation Long Island will share selected items on their Blog, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram pages.

Participant submissions such as objects and artifacts may be selected to be part of Preservation Long Island’s Historic Collections Archive. Owners of selected submissions who wish to have their item included in the archive will be contacted to arrange a time to collect the item(s) when it is safe to do so.

If you have any questions about this initiative, please contact:

If you are interested in learning more about donating objects to Preservation Long Island’s collections, visit the Donating Objects to Preservation Long Island page.


Preservation Long Island

Preservation Long Island is a not-for-profit organization that works with Long Islanders to raise awareness, appreciation, and support for the protection of our shared past through advocacy, education, and the stewardship of historic sites and collections.


Preservation Long Island maintains and interprets historic sites and collections that embody various aspects of Long Island’s history including:

Joseph Lloyd Manor, Lloyd Harbor Custom House, Sag Harbor Sherwood-Jayne Farm, Setauket Old Methodist Church and Exhibition Gallery 



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