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In 2013 one of Virtual Grounds projects, ‘Virtual Watervliet’ was the recipient of four awards recognizing the application of web and mobile technologies to interpret a historical site.

  • Museum Association of New York (Museumwise)
    Award of Merit in the category of Innovation in Interpretation.
  • National Council on Public History (NCPH)
    Honorable Mention in the category of ‘Outstanding Public History Project Award’.
    According to the NCPH, the award recognizes projects that "contribute to a broader public reflection and appreciation of the past or that serves as a model of professional public history practice."
  • American Association for State and Local History (AASLH)
    2013 Leadership in History Award.
  • American Association for State and Local History (AASLH)
    2013 History in Progress Award (HIP Award).
    According to the AASLH, “the HIP Award is an additional award for a Leadership in History Award winner whose nomination is highly inspirational, exhibits exceptional scholarship, and/or is exceedingly entrepreneurial in terms of funding, partnerships, or collaborations, creative problem solving, or unusual project design and inclusiveness. Only five HIP Awards are being presented in 2013.”

In 2016, ‘Virtual Watervliet’ was selected for the discussion round on Digital Public History projects on the NEH sponsored Doing Digital History 2016 at George Mason University. The summer institute was run by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM) during July 11- 22, 2016 and attended by 24 mid-career American historians.

Visit Virtual Watervliet, a project developed for the Shaker Heritage Society in Albany - NY, showcasing the First Shaker Settlement in America.