A hologram was delivered to the National Civil War Museum on Sept. 24, 2008.
The Laser and Holography Project . . . provided 30 x 40cm (12 x 16 in.) holographic recordings of the artifacts recovered from a sunken Civil War steam ship, assisted by students at Englewood High School in Jacksonville, Florida. It also showed the viability of the use of display holograms to exhibit museum items of priceless value: without the danger of breakage, or the need for high insurance costs. This allows the objects and their history to reach, and educate, a greater segment of the general public than ever before possible. MORE INFORMATION HERE . . .

A Project BLOG can be found HERE (updated Monday, September 29, 2008).


Picture gallery can be found HERE

Additional Project Links (as they become available):

  • Project Video is now available (see bottom of web page)!
    PBS Station WJCT on Sunday, March 2nd, at 10:00 a.m.
  • Jacksonville Times-Union Photo Gallery View Photos (added 2/21/08)
  • SouthPort Bank Read Article (added 2/21/08)
  • Southside Sun Newspaper Article Read Article (added 2/13/08)
  • Southside Sun Video: Watch Video (added 2/12/08)

The Maple Leaf was a Union steam ship in the Civil War. It was sunk by a Confederate torpedo in the St. John's River near Jacksonville, Florida. It has been at the bottom of the river for over 100 years.
After the recent discovery of its sunken hull, several expeditions allowed divers to visit the Maple Leaf once again. They were surprised when they found how well preserved the Civil War artifacts were at the bottom of the St. John's River.
Recovered artifacts from the Museum of Science & History will be recorded as three-dimensional holograms in February 2008. The holograms can be displayed anywhere, without fear of damaging any of the originals.

Project Documentation:
Watch the NEW Jacksonville Area PBS mini-documentary on the Maple Leaf Holography Project!

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This project is made possible by a grant from the Duval County School District and through the support of MOSH.