February 21, 2024

Limited Tickets Still Available – February 27 Black History Month Digital Heritage Symposium Featuring Augmented Reality (AR) Experiences As a New Way Explore African American History in Montgomery County

As part of Black History Month, Montgomery County and Montgomery Parks will present newly created Augmented Reality (AR) experiences as a new way to experience African American history in Montgomery County. The new experiences will be debuted and featured at the Digital History Symposium from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at the Brookside Gardens Visitors Center and online via Zoom. The event is free but advanced registration is required. Light refreshments will be provided at Brookside Gardens Visitors Center. Space is limited but a few seats remain.

The Brookside Gardens Visitors Center is located at 1800 Glenallen Avenue in Wheaton.  

Participants may register to attend in person at bit.ly/XR-InPerson or online at bit.ly/XR-Online.

XR Montgomery, part of Montgomery County's Department of Technology and Enterprise Business Solutions (TEBS), Montgomery Parks and the University of Maryland have created eight AR experiences to help explore the history of Oakley Cabin African American Museum and Park and the people who lived there. The eight Oakley Cabin AR experiences will allow visitors to use their mobile phone to see a park ranger avatar, manipulate 3D models of the cabin interior and exterior of the missing third cabin, play interactive games and see a flyover recreating the historical surroundings. The Digital History Symposium will feature demonstrations of the eight AR experiences, a panel discussion about how to use new technology to enhance the visitor experience and increase visitors to historical sites and an opportunity to try the AR experiences on a mobile phone.

The AR Experiences at Oakley Cabin are made possible by Montgomery County, Montgomery Parks and the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation – Historical Preservation Program, as well as the University of Maryland’s Immersive Media Design program, Mixed/Augmented/Virtual Reality Innovation Community (MAVRiC), Michelle Smith Collaboratory for Visual Culture and the Arts for All initiative.