James Monroe 3D Scanning Contract

Mission Statement

Our mission is to 3-D scan a selection of objects at the James Monroe Museum in order to create an online, interactive exhibit focusing on the process of scanning these objects as well as providing a short history about each object. The objects that we will be scanning over the course of this project include five large objects: the piano forte, the Monroe desk, a White House chair, Monroe’s bust, and a bas relief; we will also scan a variety of small objects that have been selected by the Museum to showcase the plethora of objects available. These smaller objects include a snuff box, a telescope, a peace medal, a Betty lamp, a bas relief of Maria Hester Monroe, a candlestick, and some spurs. Our group will create a digital exhibit of these objects, with the 3-D scanning process as our overarching theme. Focusing on the scanning itself as our theme will allow us to discuss each of the objects, which may not relate to each other enough to tell an independent story. We will also print at least one object for the James Monroe Museum and for our final presentation.



  • 3-D scanners (Makerbot Digitizer and X-Box Kinect)

    • These will be our primary tools since 3-D scanning is a major part of our project. We will use the Makerbot for the smaller objects and the Kinect for the larger objects. The Kinect might also be used for smaller object based on the needs for color or texture.

  • Makerbot Duplicator

    • When we print our scans, we will use this 3-D printer to do so. We will work with the ThinkLab aides to assist us with this process.

  • WordPress based site on umwhistory.org

    • We will use WordPress as our website platform with a plug-in created by SketchFab to display and interact with our scans online.  All of our scans will be stored in SketchFab to upload them to the website.

    • Our website will have an introductory page for the website, an introductory page for our group members, individual pages for the objects, a timeline page, a page describing and hosting our interviews with Scott and Jarod, a page describing our process, and a Bibliography page.

  • Google Documents

    • This tool will be used as a way for all group members to contribute to documents that may be necessary for our site, such as written descriptions of objects and our contract. We will also use Google spreadsheet for things like our timeline.

  • Timeline of process using TimelineJS

    • Part of the overreaching arc of our project is to document the scanning of the objects.  Part of the documentation of our process will include a timeline of our final milestone schedule and class blog posts and/or class presentations.  Creating a timeline of these events will allow the website users to interact with our process in such a way that they will easily be able to explore both our project and the objects we focused on.

  • Audio/ Visual equipment

    • We plan to have an introductory video on how to use our site and the story behind our project. We will also interview Scott and Jarod about some of the objects and place these online with the 3-D scans. We will be using the History department cameras.


Schedule of Milestones

Although these milestones are planned to make the work more manageable, we encourage work to be done ahead of schedule.

  • February 20th: By this date, we will have access to our WordPress site on umwhistory.org and will have the SketchFab plug-in installed.

  • February 25th: Have the timeline of milestones/major updates up on the WordPress site.

  • March 14th: Have all of our 3-D scans completed.  We will also have all photos and/or videos of the 3-D scanning process and the objects completed by this date.  If some of the objects do not fit within the limitations of the scanners, we will place only the high resolution photographs of these objects on the website, instead of the photograph and the 3-D scan.

  • March 18th: Object research will be completed by this date. Research will come from the James Monroe Museum’s record of the objects and individual research.

  • March 21st: Have interviews of Jarod and Scott completed. This is contingent on their schedules and access to the History department equipment, so we have given ourselves March 28th as a secondary due date. This ensures that we can work with multiple schedules.

  • March 28th: First drafts of the website exhibit scripts written. We also hope to have our object printed by this date, but recognize that the Duplicator might be in use. The Contingency date for having our printing completed is April 18th.

  • April 3: Have the introductory and informational videos edited and on the website. Second drafts of exhibit scripts written.

  • April 11th: Final scripts written for the exhibit and posted on the WordPress site.

  • April18th: Polishing of the website, making sure everything is done and presentable.

  • April 22: Completed site finished and officially launched.

Division of Labor

All group members are responsible for 3-D scanning and documenting the scanning process.  All group members will also be assigned specific objects, both large and small, that they are responsible for researching and documenting. Documentation of the objects includes writing about the objects for the website as well as writing the exhibit script.  Individual jobs are listed below, but all group members are responsible for assisting others with these jobs in the event that they need help.  


  • Amanda

    • WordPress site editor- Amanda will be the one to make sure that there is consistency in the presentation of the site

    • Objects to research: Monroe White House Chair, Betty lamp, and the spurs.

  • Eric

    • Eric will record Scott and Jarod with the video equipment and edit the footage.

    • Objects to research: Bust of James Monroe, bas relief, and a Peace Medal.

  • Ike

    • Ike is responsible for the timeline of milestones.

    • Assistant WordPress editor- Ike will work with Amanda to edit the website.

    • Objects to research: The Monroe Desk, telescope, and the candlestick.

  • Victoria

    • Victoria is going to manage the storage of the 3-D scans through SketchFab and work to upload the scans through the SketchFab plug-in.  Victoria will also manage the Facebook account.

    • Objects to research: Piano Forte, snuffbox, and the bas relief of Maria Hester Monroe.


In order to advertise our project, we will request a link to our site on the James Monroe Museum’s website and talk to either Scott or Jarod about putting the link in the Museums newsletter.  Posters around campus and in other museums downtown and a Facebook page about our website are other advertising options.  Our primary website audience is both our classmates and the general audience of the Museum.  

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Adventures in Digital History, Spring 2014, J. McClurken