SGRC Lead Researcher: Chris Gray
Collaborating Agency: Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History
The Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History was the lead agency in the Virtual Museum of Canada exhibit illustrating the historic Dewdney Trail. This online exhibit allows the user to explore the culture and history of the Dewdney Trail in a virtual environment through impressive collection of historic photos, panoramic scenes and an interactive flying experience over the terrain the trail was built on. The SGRC built fly-overs of explorers’ routes and early exploratory trails (such as the Dewdney Trial) through the Kootenay Region. These resources will help educate and preserve history for the visitors to the online exhibit and has been used in kiosks in the Touchstones Nelson Museum.
The Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History was the lead agency in Virtual Museum of Canada
exhibit focusing on the historical (and controversial) development of hydroelectic projects in the Kootenay Region. This online exhibit allows the visitor to explore the rich historical photos, stories and maps associated to the many hydroelectric projects that in some cases changed the landscape through the region. The SGRC used historical orthophotos and maps to produce visually appealing and interactive maps showing the water levels before and after these projects. The resulting exhibit is an excellent compilation of resources for educating people about the significant developments and the dramatic effects on the landscape that has occurred. The maps produce help visualize these effects.