Mobile Apps as a Platform for Untold Stories

Historic Homes have many stories to tell and limited physical space to tell them. The lives of the individuals that once called the place home seem to be an obvious narrative for an exhibition space but often the space is obligated, for one reason or another, to represent an entirely different subject matter. The International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago, Illinois, is North America’s only museum devoted to surgery. The rooms of this early twentieth century mansion present the history of surgery from its earliest form to current practices, however the story of the Chicago socialite and matriarch who built the home and lived there with her family remains unseen in exhibition spaces. This case study will present the mobile application at the International Museum of Surgical Science, a collaborative effort created by Encurate, a new mobile app company in Chicago, Illinois, with the help of the museum’s Curator and their Manager of Education and Events. We will discuss the dual narrative present at the International Museum of Surgical Science, the process of creating a new mobile app using beacon technology and the thoughts behind working in an historic space with limited WIFI connectivity. Encurate has created a new business model that allows for smaller institutions to become mobile friendly, and we will share how mobile technology can provide an innovative platform for any institution with more than one story to tell but limited space to tell those stories. Speakers Session Leader : Nancy Harmon, Chief Curatorial Officer, Encurate Speaker : Justina Doyle, Director of Education and Events, International Museum of Surgical Science MCN 2016 Presenting Sponsor: Piction New Orleans, LA