As an undergraduate student studying art history and archaeology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Stephanie Sterling interned at the Midwest Archeological Center for the National Park Service (NPS). For her internship, Sterling created an interactive web application aimed to educate the general public about the archaeology of one of NPS’ parks, the Lincoln Home National Historic Site.
The Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Illinois is an American historic landmark that preserves the former home of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, and the four blocks surrounding it. Sterling’s web application reveals the rich history and the archeological discovery of the site through a variety of resources, including geographic information systems, archival documents, photographs, and virtually reconstructed artifacts from the site’s expansive artifact collection that exceeds 80,000 objects.
When presenting her work, Sterling virtually displays the 3D reconstruction of these artifacts that are vital to telling the story of the Lincoln Home National Historic Site.