Wayne Living History Project

Wayne Township's “Stay At Home” Stories - A Mixed Media Archive of 2020 and beyond in the Township of Wayne

Take a moment to view some of the wonderful submissions! 

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Do you have something to contribute? See below for details and how to submit to our Living History Project!

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Throughout 2020 and now 2021 we have seen the confluence of national and global events that have impacted us all in the most personal of ways.

We are interested in documenting the history of these turbulent times from the perspective of the residents of Wayne Township. Residents, community organizations and businesses are invited to record their stories as a way to document this unprecedented time.

Responses can be submitted in any format: short stories, journal entries, photographs, a photo of artwork, recipes of meals you cooked, or video recordings about your experiences.

All submissions except for videos may be attached to our form (link below), and will be added to the library’s Local History Collection.

Please keep videos to under 5 minutes and include only your first name in the video.

Information on how to submit your videos will be emailed once you submit the form. All video projects will be uploaded on the library's YouTube channel. Please keep content appropriate for public consumption and in line with the Library’s Code of Conduct. We look forward to bearing witness to your living history, and preserving it so future generations can see your truth.

  • Tell us about some of your “stay at home” experience:
  • What are some of the things you did during the pandemic?
  • Did you do anything you now cherish because you may not have had the time to do it before?
  • Did you create anything during the pandemic?
  • How did you keep connected with your family? Your community?
  • Were you an essential worker? Please tell us about your experiences.
  • Did you fully quarantine? Please tell us about your experience.
  • Did you celebrate a special event (birthday, anniversary, graduation) during the pandemic?
  • Did you homeschool? Students, parents, or teachers, please tell us about your experiences.
  • Describe your experiences with cooking, shopping, ordering out.
  • Describe what you learned about yourself, your family, friends, and community during the pandemic.

Take a moment to view some of the wonderful submissions! 

Wayne High School commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the class of 1960 graduation

To commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the graduation of the Wayne High School Class of 1960 a 104-page "Memories of Wayne" booklet was produced. The booklet includes the history of Wayne, photographs of iconic Wayne landmarks, what it was like growing up in Wayne in the 1950s, and the memories of Wayne of 44 graduates of the Wayne High School Class of 1960. A digital copy of "Memories of Wayne" is included in this "Living History of Wayne" project. Those interested in obtaining a spiral-bound printed copy of "Memories of Wayne" should contact Ed Doherty at epdoherty@juno.com.

“Memories of Wayne” contains countless links to Internet sites. I encourage you to click on those that interest you. Here are some of the author's favorites: "Boogie Woogie" (page 36)
"The Day the Music Died" (page 43)
"Four Strong Winds" and "Danny Boy" (page 45)
"Fred Astaire and Eleanor Powell" (page 53)
"Bob Hope and James Cagney" (page 53)
"Moments to Remember" (page 65)
"Try to Remember" (page 80)