Visualizing Virginia Tech History
If this place could talk, what would it tell us?
That simple question guides everything we do.
We're the Visualizing Virginia Tech History team: a transdisciplinary group of faculty and students using creative technologies to uncover hiddeen layers of our shared past. As the university looks forward to its sesquicentennial in 2022, we're working under the auspices of the Council on Virginia Tech History to explore more than 150 years of Hokie history in 21st-century ways.
Our faculty and students come from across campus: history, computer science, education, visual arts, the libraries, the VT Stories oral history project, even mining and minerals engineering. We combine our expertise, our research methods, and our disciplinary backgrounds to open up deeper understanding of Virginia Tech history.
We use projection mapping video to uncover contested--and sometimes painful--memories of student protests here on campus in the age of Civil Rights and Vietnam.
We're creating an Augmented Reality and 360 degree video tour of Solitude, the oldest building on campus, that explores chapters of its history as Indigenous land, a slave plantation, and a university building serving multiple purposes.
And this is just the beginning. We're currently exploring new ways to analyze historical documents using the latest visualization techniques. We're using 3D artifacts and building models to bring the past to life. We're interviewing witnesses and descendants to share their stories in compelling new ways. We're investigating the fascinating stories of sites like Hillcrest Hall--the first women's dormitory on campus--and the many other places and people that made VT what it is today and what it will become in the future.
Here at vt150.omeka.net, we're also building online exhibits where you can explore the evidence for yourself.
The Visualizing Virginia Tech History team, 2018-2020:
Kenny Barnes, Elizabeth Berg, Carlos Bautista, Doug Bowman, Taylor Carroll, Anna Cheema, Isabella Cruz, Dillon Cutaiar, Shawn de Lopez, Joseph Forte, Jenni Gallagher, Nicolas Gutkowski, Ren Harman, David Hicks, Emily Humes, William Jung, Bradley Kraft, Anza Mitchell, Alexandra O'Dea, Todd Ogle, Bridget Olson, Katrina Powell, Paul Quigley, Suzanne Shelburne, Jessica Taylor, Sarah Tucker, Thomas Tucker.
ICAT Day 2020 trailer (~1 min.)
For more information:
Please contact Paul Quigley: email@example.com.