New York Historical Society

A MOBILE TOUR WITH A FRESH VIEW OF HISTORY

A MOBILE TOUR WITH A FRESH VIEW OF HISTORY

Bringing “Dusty” History to Life

That was the challenge brought to us by the New-York Historical Society. The Society was opening its brand new ground floor gallery with a fresh interpretation of the early history of the city and the nation. They wanted a mobile application so curators could speak directly to visitors, in the familiar environment of their own devices.

To accomplish this we first filmed several short videos with Curator of Special Projects Valerie Paley introducing the new gallery installations. She often dives deeply into the backstories of austere historical figures like Alexander Hamilton, as in the excerpt below.

In other videos Paley converses with Niall Ferguson, the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University, as they described what life was really like in New York City just after the Revolution. It was as wild and wooly place!

Then we filmed artist Fred Wilson presenting a fresh view of our first President, George Washington, in his installation, Liberty / Liberté.  Curator of Drawings Roberta Olsen and Library Director Jean Ashton were also filmed as they shared stories about some of their favorite objects in the collection – among them Audubon’s beautiful watercolors, and the document authorizing Napoleon to sell Louisiana to the US, with his signature!

In addition to the 16 videos, there are several audio dramatizations that breathe life into a selection of letters, diary entries and other documents. They make it easier for listeners to empathize with the feelings expressed by the women and men who wrote them, and to appreciate the impact of historical events on personal lives.

The app was designed for iPhone, iPad and Android. It also includes over 170 recorded object labels – especially useful for visually impaired visitors. Tristan Interactive developed the mobile app for all three platforms.

Services
Mobile Tour Audio & Video Production
  • mobile experience design
  • script research & writing
  • original filming
  • post-production
  • casting
  • audio recording & mix
  • TEAM
  • Robin White Owen, director
  • Michael Owen, producer
  • Peter Shelton, video editor
  • Scott Lehrer, audio engineer & editor
  • Tristan Interactive, mobile platform
  • Category

    Audio & Video

    Tags
    Audio, History, Mobile tour, Video