OF THE NATIONAL MALL
Uncovering the history you never see with your
on the National Mall
Sheila A. Brennan, Associate Director of Public
Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media
@sherah1918 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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 about the Mall.
Public history scholarship often never incorporated into
Neutral organization, so that the site isn't about marketing
individual institutions, it's about the history of a public
Experience and interest in building better ways to deliver
content to different audiences.
COMMITTED TO RESPONSIVE WEB DESIGN FOR
GREATEST ACCESSIBILITY & SUSTAINABILITY
Historical Map Layers
Questions about episodes in Mall history
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
Adjusting based on feedback and use.