Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center
A Country Divided
LocationGettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg, PA
Exhibition DesignGallagher & Associates
The first interactive installations visitors encounter at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum explore the divisive sentiments that initiated the Civil War conflict and show where each state fell—on the side of secession or union.
Eleven states seceded from the Union between December 1860 and April 1861, creating the greatest crisis the United States has ever known. In this interactive experience visitors hear and read the words of those who shaped this defining moment. When either of the ten voices for Union or ten voices for Secession are selected on the touch screens the overhead screen animates their impassioned sentiments along with the re-enacted voiceover. Through an 1861 map in the interactive, visitors can select each state or territory to learn which side it was on while they hear state declarations on the contentious views and reveal census data breakdowns regarding proportions of white persons to free persons of color and slaves in each state.
Press & AwardsHOW, Interactive Design Awards, Merit, Kiosks, 2009“New Museum Guides Visitors Through Gettysburg,” Associated Press, Martha Raffaele, April 23, 2008
Interactive touches—both high- and low-tech—are scattered throughout the museum...Visitors can touch a replica of slave shackles and find out for themselves how heavily a soldier’s backpack weighed him down. Using touch-screen computers, they can learn how to recognize bugle calls, decode signal corps flag messages, and locate battlefield monuments.“Center Designed to Put Gettysburg into Perspective,” Baltimore Sun, Edward Gunts, April 14, 2008
The visitor center has been designed to immerse visitors in the Gettysburg story by exposing them to the National Park Service’s extensive collection of war objects, artifacts and archival materials, as well as interactive exhibits and displays that will prepare them to tour the areas where the fighting took place.“At Last, a Gettysburg Redress,” Washington Post, Philip Kennicott, April 14, 2008
The historical galleries next to the theaters are very much in line with the contemporary trend toward media-dense exhibits, filled with shorter films in mini-theaters, all carefully structured to draw the viewer through ‘a narrative’ presentation of the war, its causes and its aftermath.“Reinforcing History,” Philadelphia Enquirer, Amy Worden, April 13, 2008
In another area, visitors can tap computer stations to see whether their ancestors fought here and follow troop movements on a touch screen.
© 2013 Second Story, Inc.
- Kieran Lynn
- Motion Designer
- Kieran Lynn
- Technology Director
- Thomas Wester
- Michael Godfrey
- Jennifer Guibord
- Production Artist
- Christen Hubbard
- Production Assistants
- Erica Dillon, Shane Farrell
- Quality Assurance
- Erica Dillon
- Sound Design
- Audio Wells
- A/V Integration
- Exhibit Design
- Gallagher & Associates