About Gallery-V at Berea College
Gallery-V is an artifact of the early World Wide Web.
Gallery-V [pronounced: Gallery VEE] is a virtual museum gallery operated by Berea College. The "V" stands for virtual. G-V serves as a laboratory in which students and faculty explore museum-style, web based education. It is also a great place to learn about Southern Appalachian history and culture.
Guiding Principles for Gallery-V
Gallery-V has basic Guiding Principles. These are like the "Prime Directive" of Star Trek fame. They are strong but not absolute guidelines for making decisions about design, technology, and content in the gallery. If Guiding Principles conflict, then compromise must be made or priority must be debated. Any decision to depart from the Guiding Principles must justified by compelling reasons.
The Guiding Principles are as follows:
History of Gallery-V
Gallery-V first went on-line in March of 1995 as a project of the Berea College Appalachian Museum.
The initial design and development was by Christopher Miller, Director of the Museum, and Mark Butler, Berea College Senior, Student Museum Media Manager.
The plan for the initial version was created during Berea College's Christmas break December 1994/January 1995. Miller outlined the contents of the gallery, created the initial set of logos, and developed the basic page layouts. He assembled mock-ups of various pages and refined design and content decisions. A prototype of G-V emerged shortly after the first of the year, 1995. After review by several individuals and further refinement, Miller & Butler began work on the first full-draft during Berea's January short term. Miller focused on managing the overall project, acquisition & generation of the text, and original graphics. Butler assembled created the HTML pages, put in HTML tags, scanned images, digitized the sound clips, and did testing. Kalsang Phuntsok, Berea College Senior & Museum Photographer did digital photography in the museum and around campus. The first complete draft was ready in late January.
Each of the HTML pages was printed to hard copy. During February & March 1995 Julie Sowell, Museum Curator, edited and reviewed the hard copy for content and style. During Berea's Spring Break in March 1995 Butler made final corrections to the HTML documents. Version 95.3.A of Gallery-V was installed on the Berea College WWW server on the evening of March 30, 1995 by Miller and David Coleman , Berea College Database Manager.
At its publication Gallery-V was believed to the first on-line museum exhibit in Kentucky. To date no one has proven otherwise.
During the Summer of 1996 Gallery-V underwent a major update and fully adopted the spatial metaphor. Three Berea College students worked full-time to redevelop the entire gallery. Rosanne Christy Lewis, senior, led this effort and did the majority of the HTML coding. Teresa Webb, senior, developed the Virtual Appalachian Garden exhibit. Agnes Warren, junior, supported the project with photography and computer graphics work. The revision went on-line in November 1996 as version 96.11.J.
Spring 1997 saw the advent of the Live MuseCam in Gallery-V. Tibetan monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery visited Berea College and built a Mandala (sand painting) over a five day period. Miller and Lewis setup a Connectix Color QuickCam connected to a Mac Classic to capture one image each minute (over 7,000 images) and place them on a web page.
Spring 1998 saw the closing of the Berea College Appalachian Museum's public galleries. Miller reworked G-V to eliminate the Museum Gift Shop and information about the Museum. On 8/5/98, with version 98.8.M, Gallery-V began its existence as a true virtual entity, separate from any live public museum or gallery. Gallery-V remains, however, connected to actual artifact and image collections, and a real mission -- to educate about the Appalachian Region and Berea College.
The Director of Gallery-V
Christopher Miller was the director of Gallery-V. Miller had been developing interpretive museum exhibits since 1986 and had been Director of Berea College's Appalachian Museum since October 1993. He had previously developed exhibits at the Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, Minnesota; The Houdini Historical Center, Appleton, Wisconsin; and the Outagamie Museum, Appleton, Wisconsin. Later he worked on other web projects for Berea College including developing Berea College's first real homepage in 1999. At last checkin, Miller was Associate Director and Curator of Berea College's Loyal Jones Appalachian Center.
PUBLICATION INFORMATION: last updated 8/5/98 CM, Copyright 1995-1998, Berea College, all rights reserved. For more information contact the Gallery-V Director @ firstname.lastname@example.org
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