Saturday, September 14, 2013

Monmouth Battlefield Gets a New Visitor's Center

Since I have been working on a new project on the Revolution in the mid-Atlantic I have had the opportunity to visit several New Jersey historical sites and parks. I think it is essential that historians get a chance to "walk the ground" where history was made. I find that visiting these sites helps me to do a better job writing about them.

With this in mind, I have been eager to visit the new visitors center at the Monmouth Battlefield State Park in Manalapan, New Jersey. You can learn more about it from this article in Digital Journal.

Here is a taste:

The new visitor center tells the story of the battle using interactive exhibits, artwork, timelines, maps and artifacts from the battle. To develop the storyline, historians at History Associates began with a preliminary content outline, and then worked with the development team to expand on desired themes and ideas. In coordination with the DEP, designers, and fabricators, they researched and wrote the scripts for exhibit displays, bringing the battle to life with added quotes and personal stories from those who were involved in or witnessed the battle.

History Associates historians also identified hundreds of drawings, paintings, prints, and maps at repositories in Washington, D.C., as well as relevant collections within the New York Public Library, the New York Historical Society, and the Museum of the City of New York. They worked to secure high-resolution digital files and licensing agreements for dozens of images that were selected for use in the exhibit.