Awesome story over at the sketchfab blog about a historical society in Wisconsin using photogrammetry to ‘preserve’ local artifacts, included in their online collections. Every city has a historical society – and here in NYC even neighborhoods have their own historical societies, so this is a great example of how a society can both preserve and share their local history both online and in other spaces.
La Crosse County Historical Society (LCHS) discovers, collects, preserves, and shares the history of La Crosse County, Wisconsin. We are a small, local institution whose passion is regional history. We share local history through interpreted exhibitions at our historic house museum, Hixon House, and at a small museum, Riverside Museum. Other programming includes an annual cemetery tour with actors portraying characters from La Crosse’s past, and Folk Life La Crosse, a festival of traditional crafts, with demonstrations and hands-on opportunities for visitors.
Because our exhibition space is so limited, we work hard to share artifacts in other ways. LCHS has a column in the local newspaper, “Things That Matter,” and each weekly article features an artifact from our collection. We also share our collections through our online database. We are excited to be adding 3D models to this database, and every time we complete a new model we feature it on Facebook and on our website.
The 3D models created by LCHS are a collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Archaeology and Anthropology Department. Dr. David Anderson and Sofie Kinzer are responsible for the process and LCHS provides the artifacts.