Digital Humanities Conference 2013
In 2013, I was asked to present a paper on the digital exhibit I built at Historic St. Mary's City in a session entitled Digital Archaeology. The paper, “All of Us Would Walk Together”: Digital Cultural Heritage and the African American Past at Historic St. Mary’s City, discussed the design and implementation of the project. It examined the constraints of the project, which included a limited skill set, resources, and time.
It also had a broader set of implications that was derived from the context of the project itself. Namely, how does one interpret multiple historical landscapes when there is only one physical landscape to interpret? This has been a continual issue for St. Mary's City, where the 17th-century landscape has been prioritized by the museum and is being reconstructed, despite the fact that multiple historical landscapes have occupied the same space. Using the digital space, we have been able to recreate and interpret the 19th century landscape.
You can read the abstract for the paper, see the slides, and listen to the audio of my presentation at the session website, located below.