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FMU receives grant from S.C. Humanities Council for public display of hewn-timber homes on campus

FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University has received a grant from the South Carolina Humanities Council to establish a permanent public display depicting the history of the hewn-timber homes on campus.

The homes, circa 1836, with related artifacts and scholarly historic data are a popular visitor’s site on campus. Because the homes are only open to visitors for scheduled tours, these year-round signs with pictures of the exhibits will allow visitors at any time to get a sense of the history of these buildings and what life was like for the people who lived there.

The project will be headed up by Scott Brown, assistant professor of geography at FMU, and a committee of faculty and staff who are involved on a regular basis. Amelia Wallace Vernon, a well-known local historian, is providing technical assistance. The project is scheduled to be completed by spring 2003.

A website devoted to the hewn-timber homes, with extensive picture resources,  ( was previously established to provide additional information for visitors, especially teachers and students.

Earlier this summer, the university received another Humanities Council grant to fund a development project for the application of 360-degree panoramic virtual reality images to historical sites.

The images give individuals the impression that they are standing in the center of a scene and allow them to experience the entire view as if turning in a circle. Unlike those that use software to invent the scenes, the panoramic VRs use actual photos from the sites that are then “stitched” together to form the complete circle. The images can be posted on the web or stored on a CD-ROM.

FMU faculty members Jane and Michael Madden are developing “how-to” instructions and examples that will be available to interested individuals via the Internet by December.

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Last Published: April 14, 2004 7:54 AM
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