UVA Today is featuring a story on the University’s participation in a project to preserve and restore a schoolhouse in Pine Grove, Cumberland County, VA. The historic school, built in 1917 as part of the visionary plan of educator Booker T. Washington and philanthropist Julius Rosenwald to improve education for African Americans in the segregated South, is being preserved with some help from Library 3D Specialist Will Rourk.
Rourk and students from the “3D Cultural Informatics” class he is co-teaching with Andy Johnston, architectural history professor and director of the Program in Historic Preservation, are preserving a record of the structure, “using the laser scanner to capture the surface data of … the building, the site that the building sits on and all the things around it.”
When Rourk and the students finish gathering and processing the data, the information will become part of the Library’s collections.
Learn more about the project in the UVA Today article “UVA Team Uses High-Tech Scanning to Preserve African American School.”