of the National Mall
Uncovering the history you never see with your mobile
on the National Mall
@sherah1918 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Most Visitors See the Mall as This
Mall Once Looked like this
How would you Know?
In this area of the Mall:
there was a railroad station;
an assassination at the train station;
slaves were bought and sold.
Why build this?
- Saw a need for interpretation on the Mall
- Public history scholarship rarely incorporated into public sites.
- RRCHNM is a neutral organization, with NEH funding
site isn't about marketing individual institutions, it's about the history of a public space.
- Experience and interest in building better ways to deliver content to different audiences.
Committed to Responsive Web design for greatest accessibility & Sustainability
What We've Done
- Built in Omeka
- custom map layering (leaflet.js) plugin + Geolocation
- exhibit builder for "explorations" and Scavenger Hunt
- Custom responsive theme (all 2.0 themes, responsive)
- Created lots of content
- Started with public domain, open content
- Bringing together resources from diff institutions
- Started with sketches-> undesigned site->current
- Map and filtering testing, on-site
- Content testing: what is of interest to diff people
- Publicity for March 2014 launch
- Adding more content, exploring partnerships with area institutions to focus on their stories, their sources
- Analyzing use and feedback
- Challenges of not being associated w/Mall institution:
Will people use, re-use, tell friends (even w/partnerships)?
- Public wifi
- Keeping it fresh after 2015 when funding ends
Sheila Brennan | @sherah1918
Histories of the National Mall