The DIG is back! Visitors to the Egyptian Gallery in the Cazenovia Public Library will be pleased to find that the museum's "Digital Information Gateway" has returned. This updated version, featuring touch screen technology, is designed to enhance the educational experience for visitors of all ages.
When Robert James Hubbard created the original museum in the late 1800s, the fashion of the day was to display one's collection of travel memorabilia and treasures. These exhibits, known as "Cabinets of Curiosity," contained various unlabeled conversation pieces, which provided the visitor with little or no information as to the nature and purpose of the objects. Upon Hubbard's return from Egypt in 1894, he proudly displayed his collection in this fashion. The museum's current format maintains this "cabinet" tradition.
The DIG, however, will supplement the 117-year-old collection with detailed descriptions and photographs of each of the Egyptian Room's ancient artifacts. The program, featuring photographs by Richard Walker of Cooperstown, was written by Patti Christakos and Museum Educators Pat Hill and Julia Smith Shotzberger.
Also featured in the 'DIG', is a presentation developed by Timothy Scanlon Design, which allows visitors to travel the Nile with Hubbard. This program combines period photos with a narration based on Hubbard's personal travel diary. The program, narrated by Cazenovia resident Russell Grills and former Cazenovian Andrew Rogers, was written by Pat Hill and Shotzberger.
This project was made possible with funds provided by the Cazenovia Public Library's Constable Fund. Riverhill Associates of Treadwell, provided design and computer assistance. Excerpts from each program will soon be available for viewing on the Cazenovia Public Library's website.
The re-launch of the DIG culminates several years of Egyptian gallery improvements. Additional funds were provided by the CNY Community Foundation, the Friends of the Cazenovia Public Library and the Dwight Williams fund raiser, held at the library.