Chalmette Visitor Center - Interactive Songsheet
National Park Service
Finding Historical Meaning in a Popular Song
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 "Interactive Songsheet" gives visitors the opportunity to hear and explore a popular song that paid homage to this important battle. The song, played famously by Johnny Horton, gives an upbeat and catchy synopsis of the battle from the American perspective. We developed an interactive play-head that moves through the song sheet as audio plays. At select points, buttons appear prompting visitors to learn the meaning and inspiration behind each verse.
Rebecca Sherman, Troy Lachance