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

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 (www.aahistoricsitesva.org).  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 (www.encyclopediavirginia.org/).

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