What is the JMU History Studio?

Located on the first floor of Wilson Hall, the JMU History Studio is a collaborative resource that provides equipment, guidance, and opportunities for digital humanities initiatives. In addition to supporting initiatives developed and led by faculty, the History Studio seeks to aid in the development of students’ digital skills in order to help prepare them for future careers and the rapidly changing discipline of history.

Our Studio is proud to have cutting-edge technology and software that students and faculty can utilize to undertake a variety of projects. The History Studio currently features five Mac and Alienware computer stations as well as a Mozayo Multi-Touch Table that can manage and display interactive data. Students and faculty also have access to our 3D scanning, 3D printing, and virtual/augmented reality technology, and visitors of the Studio are more than welcome to peek inside the bank vault that has been turned into a professional podcast booth. 

Our students have accomplished a lot while using the resources located in the JMU History Studio. Undergraduate students in Latinx and local history courses have used our mobile audio kits to initiate oral history projects in the Harrisonburg community. Graduate students have been able to utilize programs like SketchUp and our Ultimaker 3D printers to produce objects for museum exhibits. Other projects in the Studio have included using our Artec 3D scanners to digitally reproduce items in JMU Special Collections, and a few of our students are now using the Studio to produce weekly podcasts. 

The History Studio welcomes creativity and innovation, and students and faculty are welcome to visit and discuss their project ideas with us. If you have any questions or would like to know more information about the Studio, you can contact the Department of History at history@jmu.edu

Hours of Operation

Monday         3:30 - 5:30 P.M.

Tuesday        3:30 - 5:30 P.M.

Wednesday   3:30 - 5:30 P.M.

Thursday      3:30 - 5:30 P.M. 

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