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Jersey City 1910
Jersey City 1910 Site Index
In creating Jersey City 1910, I have drawn a lot of inspiration from The Lost Musum http://www.lostmuseum.cuny.edu/home.html a partnership between CUNY, the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University and the American Social History Project. Although Jersey City 1910 does not have the advantage of the mysterious aura surround the burning of PT Barnum's Museum, I am interested in emulating the site's exploratory qualities backed up by digital archival practices of the highest caliber. To truly create a site on the level of the The Lost Museum I would need the help of a web designer with much superior Flash animation capabilities than I currently possess (none), but since i do not aim to emulate the depth of interactivity (the mystery part of the Lost Museum), it might not be impossible.

I am envisioning my site index as a page like “How to Use this Site” from the Lost Museum.

Goals, Technical Requirements, and Site Organization
“Explore the City”
Search the Archive
Tri-Sesquicentennial Classroom


Goals, Technical Requirements, and Site Organization:
Jersey City 1910 is designed to be a portal into an emerging industrial city at a pivotal moment in its history.

The Jersey City 1910 website is composed of three sections:
“Explore the City,” explore an interactive map of the city highlighting neighborhoods, industrial and construction sites, and locations of key events.
“Search the Archive,” a database of primary documents related to the life of the city in 1910.
“Visit the Classroom,” support materials for teaching and learning.
You will need the most recent version of Adobe Flash player to “Explore the City” but not to search the archive or visit the classroom.

“Explore the City”
The interactive map of Jersey City in 1910 is the heart of this website. The visitor is invited to travel back in time to explore neighborhoods undergoing change and coming to understand their new identity in a growing city. The visitor will be able to zoom into key neighborhoods: neighborhoods occupied by an emerging class of industrialists, neighborhoods inhabited by immigrants and workers, new civic sites, sites of work and play. The site of PS #11 in the Bergen neighborhood will be a key interactive site. Here, the city's identity drama was played out on a public stage in the form of a grand pageant of historical tableaux. In each of these interactive sites on the map, the visitor will be able to zoom in close to digitized images and documents placed in context (in flash) and also linked to their more formal home in the site's Archive. Interpretive material relevant to the portion of the “map” being visited is provided along with these illustrative digital documents When visitors click on the archive when they view a document on the interactive map, they will be provided with links to related documents in the archive. Thus, the archive may grow richer even if the map cannot easily be updated with more digital objects and interpretive material.

“Search the Archive”
The archive contains all of the digitized documents and images in Jersey City 1910's collection as well as the collection of interpretive and educational material created for the site. Visitors may search here by document/object/image type, theme, associated societal role or region on the interactive map. Visitors may also search by free text as most digital documents will have been scanned using OCR technology to create a search-able version of the document. Search results will return standardized records with viewers for the primary sources, download options and supporting curatorial interpretation and metadata.

“Tri-Sesqui-centenial Classroom”
Provides links to resources for teachers and older students pursuing structured projects such as National History Day.

Here will be a description of the site's creation process for others to learn from (mistakes) or emulate at will. :) This section will also include credits and biographical information for the site-creation participants.

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