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Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA 24061-2000)
Paul D. Quigley (Project Director: May 2022 to present)

Digital Projects for the Public: Prototyping Grants
Public Programs

$100,000 (approved)
$98,519 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/2023 – 2/28/2025

Experiencing Civil War History Through Augmented Reality: Soldiers, Civilians, and the Environment at Pamplin Historical Park

Prototyping an interactive tour of Pamplin Historical Park’s battlefield and plantation.

We are designing an Augmented Reality application for visitors to Pamplin Historical Park in Petersburg, Virginia. At its museums, battlefield, and historic home, Pamplin HP educates large public audiences of all ages about Civil War history. Our application will share new stories, informed by current humanities scholarship, presented in innovative ways. Using mobile devices, visitors will learn about less familiar Civil War topics: interconnections between the environment and military affairs; the war’s transformative impact on African Americans and other civilians; and the benefits of reading both wartime documents and material artifacts with a historian’s eye. They will experience multimedia guided interpretations of historical documents from this place, view videos of historians sharing diverse perspectives, see visualizations of how slavery and war affected the landscape, and more. Visualizing the past in new ways will inspire deeper empathy, curiosity, and understanding.