DISCOVERING AMERICA: THE PEOPLING OF PENNSYLVANIA

About the project

The settlement of the state of Pennsylvania is presented as a model for understanding the ethnic diversity of our country, the complex historical forces at work in immigration, and settlement patterns and the evolution of communities. This 3,500 square foot exhibit presents the settlement of the state from its earliest native inhabitants to the recent present. It presents the complex forces that moved immigrants around the state, the consequences of their contact with one another, and the values and skills they carried with them, and does so in ways that make it accessible to a wide range of visitors. Large-scale architectural elements, artifacts juxtaposed with evocative life-sized photomurals, and full-scale tableau settings are utilized in conjunction with a dynamic exhibit plan to successfully convey a series of complex interpretive ideas.

 

 

CLIENT

The State Museum of Pennsylvania

PROJECT LOCATION

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

SERVICES PROVIDED

  • Planning
  • All phases of exhibition design
  • Coordination with State Museum
    and Balch Institute staffs
  • Production supervision

TESTIMONIAL

"Your creativity and imagination enabled complex ideas and issues to be made accessible and engaging for a variety of audiences. And, not least, your managing to remain calm and patient throughout the entire effort was remarkable."

Gail Stern, Museum Director
The Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies