Liberty Hall 360 Project
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Liberty Hall Museum is an 18th-century American historic site built in 1772 by William Livingston, New Jersey’s first elected governor. It was visited by George and Martha Washington among many other influential figures. On April 28, 1774 in the main room of Liberty Hall, John Jay, one of the Founding Fathers and the first Chief Justice of the United States, married Sarah Livingston, the governor’s daughter. The Kean family acquired the property in 1811 through family exchange, leading to the future development of Kean University on the Kean Estate.
Liberty Hall 360 wants to reenact the marriage of John Jay and Sarah Livingston through the use of 360-degree video. The reenactment would be easily accessible online and on mobile devices. With the use of VR glasses, the viewer can be fully immersed in the space and experience it as a guest in the wedding. It would make history more accessible by sharing the experience with people that cannot be physically present in the space. The experience will recreate the 18th century world using Liberty Hall, and visitors will feel like time travelers going back to the 1700's.
With your support we hope to raise $5,000 to purchase a higher quality 360-degree video camera, the GoPro Omni. Also, we hope to extend this campaign to enrich the project with stretch goals to include virtual reality viewing devices, renting props and clothing if needed. By using props and period clothing, the Great Hall will be transformed into what it might have looked like for John and Sarah's wedding. This would enable us to create an engaging experience for the viewer and a more realistic and immersive look into this time period.
Having online VR experiences connected with historic events at Liberty Hall Museum would be valuable on multiple levels for both the museum and university. Using this technology to showcase the history of Kean University and its integral relationship with the history of the United States would showcase forward-thinking and the desire to share our rich history with the world.
This groundbreaking research project creates opportunities for future students at Kean University. With this technology as a resource, students can further explore the possibilities of virtual reality at Liberty Hall and across campus. This project is influential because of its unique ability to connect the history of Liberty Hall Museum and Kean University while being a collaborative project with students, faculty and Liberty Hall Museum staff.
Thank you for your time and considering to contribute.
– The Liberty Hall 360 Team