206 South Queen Street
The fourth local partnership of the DSMP project is between Sumner Hall and Washington College. Located in historic Chestertown on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, this is one of two existing African American G.A.R. buildings still standing in the United States. Built circa 1908 and fully restored in 2014, it serves today as a museum, educational site, performance stage, social hall, and gallery. Sumner Hall speaks of important African American experiences, from the time of the U.S. Civil War to the present day. It serves as a place of remembrance of the contributions of African Americans who served in the U.S. Civil War by (1) honoring all African American veterans of the U.S. Armed Services; (2) promoting an understanding of the African American experience within the overall context of American history and culture; and, (3) advocating for social justice and racial equity in all aspects of civic life.
The first phase of this project was completed by incoming first-year students in the college's Orientation Explore! program, Making History: Making Museums. In just under three days students engaged in object-based primary-source research, digitizes parts of the museum's collection and began the creation of a VR exhibit of the museum's holdings. The work of these students was followed by students in Dr. Julie Markin's Museum Studies course and VARDIS student Digital Imaging Consultants under the direction of Raven Bishop interviewing museum stakeholders. Portions of these interviews are embedded into the virtual tour and as augmented reality content in newly-developed museum exhibit banners. Students in Dr. Sara Clarke-DeReza's Designing and Measuring Learning course designed museum exhibit banners utilizing previous students' contributions to this project as a springboard for this work. VARDIS student Digital Imaging Consultants subsequently added augmented-reality content to these panels
Above: VR exhibit curated by Washington College Students through this partnership.
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Interactive Exhibit Panels
Students in Dr. Sara Clarke-De Reza's Spring 2022 Designing and Measuring Learning Experiences will use the museum's digital object and oral history collection to design the exhibit panels below. Printed versions of these panels will serve as the basis of a traveling exhibit aimed at K-12 students, while interactive virtual versions will link viewers back to oral history clips, 3D models, and other digital museum objects.
Student Digital Curators
Making History:Making Museums
Orientation Explore! Group:
Kyla Ann Trinidad
Museum, Community & Field Education Students:
VARDIS Student Digital Imaging Consultants:
Raven Bishop, Instructional Technologist
Dr. Sara Clarke-DeReza, Assistant Professor of Education
Professor Julie Markin's Museum Studies Course:
Maria Diaz Nazario
Professor Sara Clarke-DeReza's Designing and Measuring Learning Course:
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