Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad at the Salem Chapel
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The story of Harriet Tubman’s historic life as a conductor on the Underground Railroad in Canada and the role of Salem Chapel in St Catharines, Ontario are little known and requires a method of sharing and amplification.
An immersive augmented reality experience about Harriet Tubman at the Salem Chapel in St. Catharines can have a significant impact on building resilient communities. Firstly, the preservation of rich historic events through digital storytelling can help to maintain a sense of community pride and identity. By engaging with the history of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad, community members can feel a stronger connection to their past and present, and be motivated to work together to build a better future.
Furthermore, the augmented reality experience can reveal unheard stories of the time and educate participants by sharing the stories that may have been overlooked in traditional history books. This can lead to a greater appreciation for the diversity of experiences and perspectives within the community, and help to build bridges between different groups.
The immersive experience can also draw local and non-local tourists to the site, helping to build regenerative tourism for the community. This increased traffic can create a halo effect on local shops and restaurants, boosting the local economy and providing opportunities for growth and development. By supporting local businesses, community members can help to build a more resilient local economy, which can withstand future challenges and provide greater opportunities for all.
Moreover, the use of technology can connect with a younger audience by speaking their language and providing a more engaging experience. This can help to engage younger generations in the community, encouraging them to take an interest in their history and their role in building a better future.
Finally, the immersive experience can build empathy and develop a deeper understanding of past events through interaction. By engaging with the struggles and challenges faced by those involved in the Underground Railroad, community members can develop a greater sense of compassion and empathy towards others, and be better equipped to work together to overcome future challenges