Final Project

Final Projects The purpose of your final project is to use the skills that you have developed in this course to produce a well crafted digital history project. You have already chosen one of two options: 1. Students taking this course for “U.S. credit” should complete Project 1: Voices from the Waterways. 2. Students taking … More Final Project

Museums of New York

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the Museum of Sex are located in New York City. There is plenty to be explored in New York City and museums provide exploration of edgy topics for its local inhabitants and tourists who visit the city. Both of these museums utilize digital technology and displays in their … More Museums of New York

Going Digital: Exhibits at the IMA and Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum

Digital elements in exhibits allow museums to create dynamic, playful spaces and experiences for visitors. Two special exhibits, one at the IMA, What Lies Beneath and the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, Process Lab: Citizen Design incorporate digital tools that invite visitors to investigate and solve problems presented in the exhibit. The IMA’s exhibit, What Lies Beneath allows visitors to learn … More Going Digital: Exhibits at the IMA and Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum

Digital Humanities and the Small Cultural Institution

The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies and the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library have a lot in common. Both are dedicated to a single author and both attempt to connect their audience to the author by using the author’s personal artifacts and both are relatively new institutions, founded in 2007 and 2011, respectively. However, they have … More Digital Humanities and the Small Cultural Institution

Digital Learning in the Indiana State Museum and the State Library Education Center

When creating an exhibit in a museum or other entity, more and more organizations are turning to digital components as a teaching device rather than just relying on the material objects and carefully placed panels. Not only does using digital aspects heighten the educational experience, if done correctly, they can be the stand-out in the … More Digital Learning in the Indiana State Museum and the State Library Education Center

The IWM and IMHM and their use of Digital Technologies

As technological capability has rapidly increased, so too have museums needed to increase their knowledge of and presence in the digital world.  Some museums feature digital displays in their exhibits, allowing patrons to interact with them.  Others have not gone that far but have created and continue to maintain websites for their respective museums. The … More The IWM and IMHM and their use of Digital Technologies

Digital History Two Ways: The Indiana Historical Society and the Indiana State Museum

  The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) and the Indiana State Museum (ISM) both feature digital technologies and displays in their exhibit spaces. Each museum has taken a different approach that reflects the mission of their respective organizations. IHS’s use of technology is most evident in their standalone exhibit Destination Indiana, while ISM has integrated digital … More Digital History Two Ways: The Indiana Historical Society and the Indiana State Museum

The Digital Faces of the ISM and the GASF

In this day and age, no museum exhibition can be successful without some sort of digital interactive as part of the experience.  Technology-savvy visitors expect it every time they walk in the door, and with every successive visit they expect the interactives to get bigger and better and cooler.  Yet museums large and small often … More The Digital Faces of the ISM and the GASF

A Tale of Two Museums: How Digital Technology is Implemented at the IMA and the IMHM

In this blog, I will compare the digital environments of two vastly different Indianapolis museums.  I interviewed a staff member responsible for technology at each museum and asked them about the challenges they face.  Each museum acknowledges the benefit of digital technology, but are governed by far different means.  Both the Indiana Medical History Museum … More A Tale of Two Museums: How Digital Technology is Implemented at the IMA and the IMHM