Chalmette Visitor Center - Andrew Jackson
National Park Service
Using Interactive Portraits to Explore the Life of a Legend
On January 8, 1815, the Battle of New Orleans was waged on the Chalmette Battlefield, marking the last great battle of the War of 1812. Here the Americans won a resounding and unlikely victory over a vastly superior British force. The battle would establish the new American democracy as a power to be reckoned with and launched the political career of then General Andrew Jackson. To commemorate the battle, the war and its far reaching implications, the National Park Service commissioned a rich new interactive exhibition for the Visitor Center adjacent to the battle site.
Working with our partners, Argentine Productions, The Park Service tasked us with the creation of eight touch screen interactive experiences which would educate visitors to the battle site.
The "Andrew Jackson" interactive uses four symbolic images to tell the story of Jackson's life. Jackson is an incredibly complex individual and his life and legacy has been the subject of great study and debate. The interactive distills Jackson's rise to the presidency in a engaging interface. For example, visitors can explore a depiction of Jackson as a youth challenging a British officer. In this scene the solider threatens the young Jackson with a sword. Through this scene a visitor can better understand how this traumatic event might have shaped his future views of the British.
Kim Quinn, Stacey Wiley
Rebecca Sherman, Troy Lachance