The Future of History: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Lisa Fischer
Date: 6:30pm EST April 1 EDTDirector of Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Digital History Center visits Washington College.
Lisa Fischer is head of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Digital History Center (DHC). Part of the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, the DHC engages in the application of innovative technologies to study Virginia’s eighteenth-century capital and supports digital initiatives within the Foundation’s Research Division.
The Digital History Center (DHC), located in the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, directs digital initiatives for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Research Division. Founded in 2002, the DHC uses innovative technologies to engage the public in the continuing conversation about the American Revolution, citizenship, and democracy. DHC staff employ technologies such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Virtual Reality, and XML, to create digital resources for studying and analyzing 18th-century America, with a focus on Williamsburg.
Fischer is the Project Director for eWilliamsburg, which involves the development of tools employing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for studying the historic town. The initial phase of the project, which was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, resulted in an interactive map providing access to the Foundation’s large collection of archaeological, architectural, and historical research reports (to visit the online version, go to http://research.history.org/ewilliamsburg/). The ongoing phase of this project, which is also being supported by the NEH, will result in a GIS-based resource for studying the development of Williamsburg across the eighteenth century.
Fischer received her M.A. in Anthropology with a Specialization in Historical Archaeology from the College of William & Mary and her B.A. from Amherst College. Prior to joining the DHC, she worked in the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Department of Archaeological Research and at the Corporation for Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest.