New Blue Ridge Parkway Digital Project
Here’s an announcement of another new project at UNC, also funded by LSTA through the State Library of North Carolina:
Carolina Digital Library and Archives has broken ground on a new digital project, “Driving Through Time: The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway,” which will constitute a new chapter in the ever-growing digital publishing program Documenting the American South. This project will present the history of the North Carolina portion of the Parkway from the first proposals for its construction in the 1920s to the 75th anniversary of its completion next year. “Driving Through Time” will also benefit from the work done on the recently completed “Going to the Show” project and the ongoing “North Carolina Maps” project. Some of the technologies utilized there—including geo-referencing and map layering—will provide users with an interactive experience. In addition, the hundreds of maps, photographs, postcards, and newspaper clippings drawn from the Blue Ridge Parkway Headquarters, a part of the National Park Service, the North Carolina Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill, and other institutions will be invaluable resources for scholars, students and teachers as well as an enjoyable and educational experience for casual users. Natasha Smith, Project PI, and Elise Moore, Project Manager, will lead this effort. Anne Mitchell Whisnant, author of Super Scenic Motorway: A Blue Ridge Parkway History—published by UNC Press—will serve as the scholarly advisor for the project.