Two Recent Exhibit Openings to Check Out!

Written by Anni Girard

We’re closing out a busy summer here at Northern Light Productions!

Last month saw the openings of two different exhibits featuring unique, historical, and educational media – including stunning interactive media – by NLP. We collaborated with the wonderful exhibit design team at Brent Johnson Design on both these projects.

The “Story of Virginia,” the Virginia Historical Society’s keystone exhibit on Virginia’s rich and extensive past, reopened to the public on August 8th, 2015 (photo courtesy of Virginia Historical Society/Meg Eastman).

Northern Light Productions designed and produced 13 media programs for this exhibit, whose stories and artifacts range from the Stone Age to modern day, showcasing 16,000 years of Virginian history. Interactive media anchors the new exhibit: a set of eight updateable touchscreen “Story Extractors” provide visitors with a passport to explore the VHS’ robust collections of artifacts and documents.


A two-screen interactive program pairs a touchscreen with a four-foot-wide circular projection to explore the role Virginians played in the founding of the United States.  A second two-screen interactive uses maps to illustrate regional and national dynamics through the antebellum period to the brink of the Civil War. Ambient audio pieces include a “new world” nature-scape and a 1920s-era radio program housed in a salvaged Richmond streetcar. The experience culminates with a signature three-screen film installation in a theater setting nestled within the exhibit’s final gallery – a poetic, cinematic ode to Virginia’s storied past and promising future.

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IMG_4070_editThe National Purple Heart Hall of Honor hosted a moving reopening and re-dedication on August 15th, 2015, marking the completion of their new exhibits (photo courtesy of Purple Heart Hall of Honor/Abigail Parry Leo).

Northern Light Productions produced four media programs for the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor in New Windsor, NY. An eight-minute signature film follows seven Purple Heart recipients through an exploration of the history and meaning of the Purple Heart. We also created two interactive programs. One contains a database of oral histories where visitors can search by name, branch of service, conflict, or theme to hear Purple Heart recipients relate their experiences. The second is a timeline of the history of the Purple Heart, where visitors can see the multitude of military conflicts where the Purple Heart has been awarded. An atmospheric film in the entry hall to the museum blends graphically treated archival imagery with quotes from Purple Heart recipients to convey a personal experience of the Purple Heart.

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