Archive for the ‘Digital projects’ Category

CVHR Meeting (December 7, 2017): Telling the Ivy Creek Story with Story Maps

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

Story maps are web pages that blend interactive maps with photos and text.  Erik Irtenkauf demonstrated his story map of the history of the Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Digital maps and aerial photographs, supplemented by explanatory text and historical documents, show how freed slave Hugh Carr gradually acquired the acreage that became River View Farm and passed it on to his children.  Erik is expanding the story to include the post-Civil War African American community of Hydraulic Mills-Union Ridge.  And a time slider will soon make the depiction of change over time even easier to access.  You can see the Ivy Creek story map at  Erik will present “Albemarle’s History Story Mapping” at the Ivy Creek Natural Area on Sunday, April 8th at 2 PM.

CVHR Meeting (Sep. 7, 2017): Afro-Virginia Digital Landscapes

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

We heard about new General Assembly- and NEH-supported projects at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and how the latest technology is being used.  Director of African American programs, Justin Reid, told us about ELA (Explored Landscapes of Afro-Virginia), an ambitious project to expand and enhance content in the present African American Historic Sites Database (  Director of Encyclopedia Virginia (EV), Peter Hedlund, focused on ways EV is augmenting textual entries with primary documents, audio, 3D objects, and Virtual Reality (VR) tours.  He brought a number of VR headsets for us to sample tours.  It was heartening to see so many hands go up when Peter asked who in the audience has used EV (