Post #2: Final Project

My final project will expand my original Omeka site.  The initial Omeka assignment will digitize select items from the Harold Saunders collection housed at the Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum in Horsham, Pennsylvania.  The final project will expand the exhibit to include additional pieces of the Saunders collection, approximately 50 artifacts.  The collection contains objects from Saunders’ personal life and military service during World War II including letters, maps, and aeronautical navigation tools.  Though the Saunders collection is not comprehensive, the site will utilize the available materials to examine parts of his life with special emphasis on Saunders’ draft and time in the Army Air Force.  Omeka will serve as the primary tool for developing the site with Gimp functioning as an image manipulator when required.  Other sites like Timeline JS and Mapbox might be used as well.  By creating timelines and maps, users’ ability to interact with the exhibit will expand providing more accessible and streamlined information.  Ideally, the site will help the Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum increase its digital footprint both online and in the museum.  The site will be designed to serve multiple learners including school groups, aviation enthusiasts, and historians.

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