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Organization name: Cahokia Mounds Museum Society

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GI-50299-11Public Programs: America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation GrantsCahokia Mounds Museum SocietyMark of the Mississippians: A Multi-Platform Digital Media Project6/1/2011 - 2/28/2013$300,000.00LoriJeanBelknap   Cahokia Mounds Museum SocietyCollinsvilleIL62234-7617USA2011ArchaeologyAmerica's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation GrantsPublic Programs30000002995000

Implementation of a website on the history of the archaeological Mississippian sites of Cahokia, Moundville, Etowah, and Spiro, containing streaming media, virtual tours of the sites, and downloadable trail tours.

Mark of the Mississippians seeks to fill a void of information about the Mississippian culture that prospered in the Southeast and Midwest from AD 800 to about AD 1400...well before Christopher Columbus reached the new world. Polling among the general public reveals that little is known about this highly advanced culture, nor is the subject taught in schools, yet the Mississippians were the zenith of a cultural evolution that had taken place on the North American continent for 12,000 years. They are the forebears of many of today's Native American Tribes. The project tells their story in two powerful media elements: (a) a high definition television documentary, and (b) a robust website with, among other features, downloadable visitor tours of the four principal Mississippian sits, Cahokia, Etowah, Moundville, and Spiro. Mark of the Mississippians will help illuminate a pivotal chapter in American history that has been overlooked for too long.

MN-268881-20Public Programs: Digital Projects for the Public: Production GrantsCahokia Mounds Museum SocietyBack to the City of the Sun A/R Experience3/1/2020 - 8/31/2021$250,000.00Jack Kerber   Cahokia Mounds Museum SocietyCollinsvilleIL62234-7617USA2019ArchaeologyDigital Projects for the Public: Production GrantsPublic Programs25000002500000

Production of an augmented reality app for the Cahokia Mounds historic site and a complementary website.

This project is to produce an augmented reality application for Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site. This experience will enable visitors to see structures, people, and other features of this ancient site through the lens of their smartphone or tablet. There will be extra audio and vision opportunities loaded to the experience as well as a complementary website. The website will include curriculum for school use. Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site is a UNESCO World Heritage and US National Historic Landmark. This project will greatly enhance the visitor's experience and bring awareness of the site.

MT-263777-19Public Programs: Digital Projects for the Public: Prototyping GrantsCahokia Mounds Museum SocietyBack to the City of the Sun1/1/2019 - 12/31/2019$100,000.00Jack Kerber   Cahokia Mounds Museum SocietyCollinsvilleIL62234-7617USA2018AnthropologyDigital Projects for the Public: Prototyping GrantsPublic Programs10000001000000

Creation of an augmented reality (AR) prototype, website, and educational resources based on the latest research and interpretation of the eleventh-century Native American settlement.

The Cahokia Mounds Museum Society is seeking this grant to develop a working prototype of a mobile augmented reality application and a new educational website that will focus on this archaeological site that is also one of 23 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the country. The website will also contain educational modules for students that can be used in the classroom.