You can enter a museum and look at objects, but we believe the story behind them is vitally important to tell. It is our goal to complete interpretation of the contents of the Reiman-Simmons House and Pioneer Church by the end of 2019.
Our new exhibit in the Heritage Barn, “Hope and Hard Work: The Story of Our Farms and Food” is an amazing, professionally-designed exhibit by Chris Fiala Erlich. Erlich is an exhibit curator of over two decades, who has received state and national awards for her work. A central theme is the connection between the food visitors eat and the work of local farmers and farmworkers. Many people don’t realize that when they are eating beans at a Taco Time or french fries at fast food and restaurants, they are enjoying Quincy-grown and processed products! This local connection to our food helps the visitor understand the hard work that makes the “garden in the desert” grow.
State of the art technology, involving Augmented Reality is also part of our ongoing interpretation. An app, called farmAR, built by Workshop3D of Seattle in collaboration with local residents, allows the visitors to experience enhancements and video narration as part of the “Hope and Hard Work” exhibit. Watch for future roll-out of panoramic 360 degree “What’s Happening In the Fields” segments!
Our thanks to the W.E. & Millie Jones Charitable Trust and Microsoft Tech Spark for funding these.