Building research into media: Virtual Chatham


From John Hennessy:

While we generally enjoy the process of research and writing about the landscapes we manage, we ultimately do it to inform the public. We continue to search for ways to deliver important and interesting things to park visitors and those who engage the park online (be it here, on our website, or on the park’s Facebook page, which our staff is fast turning into a very interesting resource–check it out). As we have mentioned before, we are developing a number of digital projects. Our latest uses the accumulation of decades of knowledge about Chatham and its landscape, including Eric’s Mink’s work on Chatham’s slave cabins, first presented on Mysteries and Conundrums a few months ago (you can see his work  here and here).  It is a digital re-creation of Chatham over the decades, showing its evolution from classic Georgian mansion to the still-beautiful-but-altered vision of Chatham we have today (for a post on Chatham and its modern setting, click here).  This fly-around will soon go on permanent display at Chatham (and elsewhere), but we present here publicly for the first time.  The silky voice of the narrator you might recognize as Donald Pfanz’s.

Bear in mind that this vision of Chatham shows only what we can reasonably deduce from the evidence. It does not show everything–there were at times more than 25 outbuildings on the site. 

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2 thoughts on “Building research into media: Virtual Chatham

  1. It is an exciting and fortunate time to witness the wonderful strides being made with site interpretation at the F&SNMP. Technology has provided such stimulating and engaging mediums for the presentation of your staff’s talents and commendable research. Excellent work to be sure. This park has a long history of first rate historians that have shaped where you are today, but, here now, with the Sesquicentennial preparations, this is where the rubber hits the road. Bravo everyone.

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