Readers: Send us your stories of resilience in difficult times | Entertainment

The Overture Center’s Everything COVID art exhibit called on local artists to examine their response to – and resilience to – the COVID-19 pandemic. Now the State Journal is asking for stories from the past where ancestors showed resilience during troubled times.


Gayle world | Wisconsin State Journal

No doubt about it: as the COVID-19 pandemic enters year three, we are getting tired.

But as the challenges drag on, can we draw inspiration from previous generations?

We’d love to hear from you, our readers, about the societal challenges your elders faced – like a World War or the Great Depression, or Jim Crow Laws, the Cold War or something else – and how they remained consistently resilient.

Perhaps you have a family story about a parent or grandparent who found a silver lining during difficult times.

Or perhaps you remember the story of a neighbor, teacher, or other member of the ward who faced the challenge of a generation with determination, innovation, or grace.

We can probably learn a lot from these past examples of human strength. If your story has Wisconsin or Madison connections, so much the better. Drop us a few short paragraphs and email them to [email protected] with the subject “Resilience” and we may have your story published in a collection in the newspaper and online at

Please include your name, location, age and a telephone number where we can reach you. If you have a photo of the person you’re writing about, include it as an attachment if possible.

Comments are closed.