Similar to my print project, the digital project I am considering pursuing is focused on the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. As an intern at the House of the Temple, the headquarters for the Supreme Council of the Southern Jurisdiction, I have come to learn a great deal about the brotherhood and its ties to Washington, D.C. over the last few months. Like many visitors to the House of the Temple, when I first toured the building I was surprised to hear about how closely connected masons and freemasonry are to many of the popular tourist destinations within the city. It is this initial surprise that inspired me to want to create an online exhibit of masonic related monuments and buildings in the DC area.
My hope is that this digital exhibit will be appealing not only to masons visiting the House of the Temple and D.C. but also to regular individuals who visit the House of the Temple and are interested in seeing more masonic sites in D.C. I would also like it if the histories and stories presented in this exhibit help to spread the amazing history of Freemasonry and dispels some of the conspiracies that have risen lately against the brotherhood.
I am currently planning on using Viewshare to create this digital exhibit. My plan is to use the platform in order to create a map showing the locations of the important sites, to make collections of the images of each site, and to attach some useful information about the masonic history, or even some simply interesting stories, to each site. My hope is that the history and stories will entice individuals to explore some sites that they normally would not consider touring. I am also hoping that the map will be a helpful tool that can be used by people navigating the sites in D.C. or planning a tour of the city.
In order to spread the word about this site, I am hoping to find a way in which it can either be integrated or just simply mentioned on the House of the Temple and the Supreme Council’s main website. Ideally, I would love for the site to be mentioned on the websites of some of the sites I am including in the project (however, this does not seem a likely avenue of marketing).
Overall, I am excited to begin working on this project and I hope that it will be of use to visitors of the House of the Temple.