• Surveying George Washington

    A personal look into the life of a Founding Father

Visitors "touch" rare documents written by George Washington

An American Revolutionary

A more personal side to the documentary legacy of George Washington, one of the most important and most studied figures in American history, is now on exhibit at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. Ideum collaborated with Crystal Bridges to bring select pieces of George Washington’s writings, on loan from the Harlan Crow Library, to the fingertips of museum visitors.

The interactive component of the Surveying George Washington exhibit includes a custom built, drafting table configuration of the Platform touch table and a multitouch, multiuser application for examining and reading personal documents of the United State’s first president and his contemporaries. Multitouch gesture features of the interactive include the ability to drag, zoom, rotate, and turn the pages of digitized versions of the historic documents. Each document has an information icon which, when tapped, flips the document image and provides additional text about historical context as well as highlights from the document. Visitors can vertically scroll through the information and adjust the the font size for readability. We utilized the new FlipBookViewer from our Open Exhibits SDK as the basis for the application.

Ideum worked with direction from Crystal Bridges to create a unique, custom-built multitouch table for the Surveying George Washington application. We engineered an angled 55” display mounted on a Platform form factor base, all in white custom color, to conform to the aesthetic of the Museum’s exhibit space.

Surveying George Washington runs from June 29 through September 30, 2013 at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

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