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Backbeat Jazzfest…

Apr 24 - 24, 2015
Come join us for the Backbeat Jazz Fest Series featuring live music by Flow… more

Backbeat Jazzfest…

Apr 24 - 24, 2015
Come join us for live music! Vault Session #1 with special guests Sister… more

Backbeat Jazzfest…

Apr 24 - 24, 2015
Join us for Mia Borders and Stooges Brass Band. more

Blue Nile Presents …

Apr 24 - 24, 2015
Come join us at the Blue Nile for Mia Borders and Stooges Brass Band. more

Edgar Degas: The…

Apr 24 - May 24, 2015
Featuring drawings, prints, sculpture, and photographs, all from a single… more

EN MAS’: Carnival and…

Apr 24 - Jun 7, 2015
Curated by Claire Tancons, Krista Thompson, EN MAS': Carnival and Performance… more

ETCHYNPÜFE Group Show…

Apr 24 - May 31, 2015
The Foundation Gallery is excited to host ETCHYNPÜFE, a group show… more

Flow Tribe

Apr 24 - 24, 2015
Join us at the Blue Nile for Flow Tribe. more

FOUR VOICES at the…

Apr 24 - May 24, 2015
The Garden District Gallery is pleased to present FOUR VOICES featuring… more

Hotel Monteleone …

Apr 24 - 24, 2015
Jazzy Jam gives Carousel Bar and Lounge patrons a place to relax and unwind… more

Hotel Monteleone …

Apr 24 - 24, 2015
Jazzy Jam gives Carousel Bar and Lounge patrons a place to relax and unwind… more

JAZZFEST 2015 - MAPLE…

Apr 24 - 24, 2015
Join us at the Maple Leaf Bar for Oteil Burbridge, Sonny Landreth, Johnny… more

Jim Roche: Cultural…

Apr 24 - Jul 12, 2015
Born in 1943, Jim Roche received a BA from Florida State University (1961)… more

JPAS Presents The…

Apr 24 - 26, 2015
For decades, renowned advice columnist Ann Landers answered countless letters… more

Lauren Sturm - Bayou…

Apr 24 - 24, 2015
Performs solo acoustic piano. more

M.S. Rau Antiques…

Apr 24 - May 4, 2015
Long established and leading art, antiques and jewelry specialist M.S. Rau… more

Mark Steinmetz: South

Apr 24 - May 10, 2015
Mark Steinmetz lives and works in Athens, Georgia. His work transcends the… more

New Orleans Jazz &…

Apr 24 - 26, 2015
Jazz Fest is the celebration of the unique culture and heritage of New Orleans… more

NOJO's 4th Annual …

Apr 24 - 24, 2015
Join us for NOJO's 4th Annual THE BIG BEAT Gala -  the first to be hosted… more

NORDC Movies in the…

Apr 24 - 24, 2015
Join us for NORDC Movies in the Park screening of "The Princess and the… more

Backbeat Jazzfest…

Apr 24 - 24, 2015
Come join us for the Backbeat Jazz Fest Series featuring live music by Flow… more

OAK ALLEY PLANTATION LEVERAGES FUTURISTIC TECHNOLOGY TO HELP PRESERVE THE PAST

Oak Alley Foundation is excited to announce the groundbreaking video kiosk system for the plantation's historic grounds tour. The first video kiosk is now available to our visitors and is the first of its kind in the River Region Area.  This kiosk contains clips and animations about Louisiana and the American Civil War. 

"We have a strong educational mission and strive in our endeavors to provide an experience to our visitors based on this mission," according to the Foundation's Executive Director, Zeb Mayhew, Jr.  "We feel that this added quality to the self guided historic ground's tour will help guests learn the full history of Oak Alley Plantation.  We wanted to create a tool that shares educational information with our visitors, in a way that is both entertaining and engaging," Mayhew continues.

This new touchscreen video kiosk is user friendly and allows visitors to review a list of available topics and then select the video of choice by merely touching the screen. The large viewing screen and powerful audio speakers allow groups of visitors to enjoy a video presentation at the same time.

Oak Alley Plantation hired a former Apple engineer, Gary Dauphin, to assist the Foundation management team in fulfilling their goal to enhance the tour through technology.    Dauphin, hired as the Director of Technology, Education and Media Production, has experience in working on similar projects with the Smithsonian and other museums around the country.

"I worked with the Foundation prior to joining the team and admired how seriously they regard their mission," says Dauphin, "I knew that this project would require a very talented team so my first point of business was to secure the best in the industry and through research, met Mickey Gaidos, an experienced cinematographer, animator, and video editor." The team then secured award winning author and former television news reporter, Leo Honeycutt to narrate the film.

Using historical research provided by the plantation's historian, Vince Yardas, Dauphin and Gaidos created this project which is so much more than just a boring slideshow.  "This is education at its best - engaging and informative in a way that simply delights our visitors," added Dauphin.

Oak Alley Plantation has a long term vision to use technology to help share the plantation's history.  "We are not using technology to replace face-to-face interaction with our visitors, but rather to give added value to their experience," according to Mayhew. Oak Alley has an onsite Civil War historian at the Confederate Headquarter's Tent exhibit and is a prime example of this technology enhancement.  This video kiosk is available even when the Colonel is not able to visit with guests.

Oak Alley Plantation plans to continue it's endeavors in exploring other technologies such as WiFi and smartphone applications. The Foundation will then carefully study feedback from visitors before rolling out a Plantation-wide technological experience to meet its overall educational goals for the visitor's experience.