Limestone Students Bring Virtual Reality To Cherokee County Museum

Monday, April 29, 2019 - 5:00pm
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Thanks to a special class project at Limestone College, the Cherokee County History & Arts Museum will come alive for visitors using virtual reality technology.

Students from the Digital Communications II class of Professor Dr. Randy Nichols have developed virtual reality settings for each of the museum’s exhibits. Viewers will be able to go online or use their smart phones or tablets to “walk through” each exhibit as if they were actually touring the museum from inside.

The project also involved assisting the museum with updating its website and social media sites with virtual reality links.

On Tuesday, April 30, from 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., the Cherokee County History & Arts Museum will host a launch party for the virtual reality project. The public is invited to attend the launch party where virtual reality headset stations will be available. The museum will also provide tours and refreshments.

Three years ago, one of Nichols’ classes created QR (Quick Response) Code labels at several different displays for the museum. Those matrix barcodes contained data that when scanned by a smart phone or tablet provides visitors with video presentations about the respective displays.

“Limestone College has clearly messaged that they want to be fully integrated into our community,” said Pam Cazel, the Executive Director of the Cherokee Historical and Preservation Society (CHAPS). “This project is another great example of the students engaging with our cultural landscape to make the City of Gaffney and Cherokee County a better place. Dr. Nichols’ class delivers the wow factor again with this virtual reality project”

The Cherokee County History and Arts Museum, located at 301 College Drive in Gaffney, is operated by CHAPS, which was formed in 1969 by a group of local citizens concerned about the rapid loss of Cherokee County's historical heritage to development and progress. The organization has taken great strides to educate the public about the significance of the county's numerous historical sites.

For more information about the museum and CHAPS, please visit www.cherokeecountyhistory.org.