ETV secures grant for Hobcaw website

  • Friday, May 9, 2014

ETV and the ETV Endowment have received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in support of an interactive website exploring the history and culture of Hobcaw Barony.

The website, entitled Between the Waters, has received $294,154 from NEH.

The project has also been funded by a grant from the Humanities Council SC to document archaeology conducted at Hobcaw by the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology.

“Students and the public will be able to fully investigate the complex history of this exceptional property from their computers or mobile devices,” said project director Betsy Newman. “We’re excited by this latest curriculum resource from ETV.” Newman previously produced the ETV documentary The Baruchs of Hobcaw, detailing the rich history of one of the South’s most pristine environments. The new website will be a sequel of sorts, exploring Hobcaw Barony in greater detail than an hour of television allow. The online format also lends itself to self-paced, individualized study.

Between the Waters incorporates documentary video, interviews with key historians and Hobcaw residents and staff, historical photographs, panoramic virtual tours and other interactive elements. The interface is based on a drawing, Chart of Hobcaw Barony, by artist Rockwell Kent, best known for his illustrations of the 1930 edition of Moby Dick. Kent was a guest at Hobcaw Barony in 1927.

The prototype website can be explored at www.betweenthewaters.org.

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