Nancy Chikaraishi, associate professor of Architecture at Drury University (Springfield, MO) will feature her Life Interrupted exhibition at the World War II Japanese American Internment Museum in McGehee, Arkansas for one month beginning mid-May. Her parents were internees at Rohwer. Her solo exposition features artwork of the Japanese American struggle in the Camps.
Chikaraishi’s drawing research has explored urban space and imaginary landscapes. A solo exhibition of charcoal drawings, paintings and sculpture explored her parents’ experiences in the Japanese-American Internment camps in Rohwer, Arkansas. More information about the artist can be found here.
This Civil War trench is a recreation of the Battle of Marne. The Battle of Marne is also known as “Miracle of the Marne.” It was a First World War battle that took place on September 5th through September 12th of 1914. It resulted in an Allied victory over the German Army. The battle effectively ended the month long German offensive that opened the war and had reached the outskirts of Paris. The counterattack of six French field armies and one British army along the Marne River forced the German Imperial Army to abandon its push on Paris and retreat northeast, setting the stage for four years of trench warfare on the Western front.
We had to wait until the official announcement was made at the EAST conference before posting the winning entries to the 2014 ‘Visualizing the Past’ competition. The “Visualizing the Past” competition asked students to create a 3D model, reconstruction, map, or animation of some aspect of a heritage site, a national or state park, an archaeological site, or a historic site that is important to their community. Students could focus on an established historic site or could contact the CDI to ask if a proposed site would be accepted. These sites did not necessarily need to be in the state of Arkansas. Students could use any tool to do this, including augmented reality, 3D laser scanning, Unity, virtual environments (including Second Life), animation, Sketch Up, iBook, or APP creation. Students also needed to explain how they would utilize this project within their community after the competition is over.
We had a tremendous response. The winning first place entry was A Site to the Past (DeWitt High School: Emily Tripplet, Rylee Beaty, Kourtney Hill, Shelby Anderson, Delia Barrett, Kahlan Phillip, and Kristen Bradley)
The main focus of our project was to help our community leaders share the history of our town. We worked with them to celebrate Arkansas County’s Bicentennial. So, with some of this project the main skills used were research skills, people skills and obtaining knowledge of the past in order to present our information.
Programs used: Qrstuff.com, SketchUp, iBook, and Weebly.com
We are so excited that A-State’s Center for Digital Initiatives won the 2013 Arkansas Delta Byways Tourism Support Award! We have a great team at the CDI and we are honored to have been selected as a finalist and thrilled to win. It’s great seeing so many great things going on the Arkansas Delta, and looking forward to an incredible year as we continue to support the Arkansas State Heritage Sites.
Arkansas State University’s Heritage Sites and the CDI have just launched a new website for the Historic Dyess Colony and the Boyhood Home of Johnny Cash. The website features interactive timelines, artistic illustrations of Dyess and the Cash home, as well as information about the fascinating history of the Dyess Colony. Check it out when you can! The website URL is http://dyesscash.astate.edu or just click here.
This is an exciting day for A-STATE and the CDI as we announce the launch of our new app, “A-State SmartCampus.” Download it today and let us know what you think!
Great to see this photo of Rosanne and Ruth Hawkins! We are so excited to be working on the Dyess Johnny Cash website! We’ll let you know when it goes live later this month!