King County 4Culture recently awarded a grant of $4,000 to MCDM graduate Vaun Raymond for work on his Lake Union Virtual Museum, a multimedia history website. Raymond established this website as a final project in the MCDM program, with help from advisors Kathy Gill and Hanson Hosein, in the fall of 2008.
Raymond’s virtual museum consists of 16 web pages, and includes exhibits about Gasworks Park, houseboats, boatbuilding and the lake’s native Duwamish people. Each exhibit includes a short HD documentary video, text stories, archival images and displays of artifacts, in a format designed to emulate the experience of visiting a physical museum.
The 4Culture grant will allow Raymond to develop new exhibits, including the story of Lake Union’s role in Seattle’s first world’s fair: the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition of 1909. Raymond began work on this new exhibit in July by taping an extensive video interview with historian Paula Becker of Historylink.org, who co-authored the definitive timeline history book about the AYPE, published this year.