Tour historic site virtually courtesy of Vincennes University students - External Relations
Tour historic site virtually courtesy of Vincennes University students
June 3, 2020
VINCENNES, Ind. – While most travel has come to a halt due to the
global pandemic, Vincennes University students have created an
interactive StoryMap that allows visitors from anywhere in the world
to trek with Col. George Rogers Clark and his men on their historic
1779 march to capture British-held Fort Sackville during the
Revolutionary War, explore the grandness and beauty of the George
Rogers Clark Memorial, and tour the grounds of the George Rogers Clark
National Historical Park.
Students in VU Professor Penny Padgett’s Intro to Geospatial Science
course partnered on the project with the National Park Service and
Knox County Public Library.
The George Rogers Clark Memorial and Visitor Center is temporarily
closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This StoryMap is a great
solution. Visitors can fully explore the national historical site
virtually and safely.
“This not only helps the visitors who can’t make it here, which has
become so much more important over the last several months, learn
about our park site, but it also gives visitors who are here at our
site that maybe can’t walk up the 33 steps to get a chance to see the
interior of the Memorial as well as get to see the March, who weren’t
here in February for our annual March,” National Park Service Park
Ranger Lela White said.
The StoryMap includes links to
360-degree videography, GPS data, photographs, videos, and loads of
information that transports users back to Clark’s time. It also
features the annual George Rogers Clark March that retraces the
journey of Clark and his men.
VU Intro to Geospatial Science students Noah Floyd,
Adam Goen, Lilia Wilde, Lindsey Clute
and Alea Seitzinger
"This class project really showcases what can be done with
geospatial technology. Professor Padgett's passion to challenge her
students really exemplifies how VU takes students "further,
faster". At most universities, this class isn't taught until the
junior or senior year. Our students are getting a head start and at
the same time, they are benefitting an important member of our
community, GRC National Park,” VU Dean of Science, Engineering and
Mathematics Curt Coffman said.
It was truly a hands-on project for GEOS 223 students on the main
Vincennes campus. They not only designed and created the map using ESRI, but they also
visited the site, shot videos with a 360-degree camera borrowed from
the Knox County Public Library, and compiled all the data.
Lindsey Clute, VU Student
"It gives people the ability took look up a historical
location in a really easy way," said VU student Lindsey Clute of
Earl Park, Indiana. "It's not hard for somebody to use and it
provides a lot of information."
Clute said one of the best parts of working on the project was
shooting with a 360-degree camera.
“I took this class thinking I was going to be sitting in front of a
computer for a couple hours a week learning about locations and
mapmaking, but it really wasn’t that,” she said. “The final project
was really amazing. It took a skill I had learned and applied it to
real life. The website will be around for a while and it’s really nice
to see a website in action that I took a part in.”
Visitors can use the StoryMap to see 360 views of the George Rogers
Clark Visitor Center. They can also check out panoramic views of the
breathtaking murals inside the Memorial.
“It’s a great interactive tool,” said Padgett, who is the chair of
the Geoscience, Agriculture and Horticulture departments. “They did an
outstanding job. It’s a great legacy project. This was a way to serve
the community and also add a great skill to the students’ resumes.”
White expects to have devices available on site for visitors to
access the StoryMap.
“We just had a general idea of what we wanted,” White said. “The
students took the basic idea and turned it into this StoryMap and
really went into detail with it. They worked so hard on this and did
an amazing job. We look forward to future projects that we can work
with the University to continue this partnership that we started with