The Historic Mt. Holly Prison Museum has no shortage or stories from it's 154 years of operations. Famous "guests", revolutionary ideas on prisoner rehabilitation, and reported hauntings are just some examples. The U.S. National Historic Landmark turned museum had an extensive archive of newspaper clippings but no interpretive graphics when they sought to improve the visitor experience in 2001.
As part of the exhibit design and development team I had a key role in design and content development. I combed through hours of materials provided by the museum historian and organized the content into categories to be distributed across a layered visitor experience. I developed a graphic system along with interpretive illustrations, and provided interpretive text and image selections.
A local favorite and a popular location for ghost hunters, the exhibit graphics take visitors through a self-guided tour through 3 floors and 150 years of history.
One of the things I love about having had the opportunity to work on this project is how 15 years later many of the interpretive graphics and vignettes can be seen as the backdrop for numerous paranormal investigation videos, most look the same today as they did 15 years ago. Below is one such video: