The Alaska Highway Project ProposalEnglish 201 Posting
The Alaska Highway Project will discuss the history and modern day uses of the Alaska Highway as explored by history books, stories, and Visitor Centres. The Alaska Highway is a well traveled route for tourists and locals alike, but there is currently nothing that allows people to explore the history while getting firsthand knowledge of the modern conditions of the road. The Mile Post and Bell’s Travel Guide are books that discuss the history of the highway along with rest stops and some campgrounds and are updated every year but lack local knowledge of each region. There are also books created by many different authors discussing local histories of the highway and Visitor Centres located in towns that offer up-to-date information on road conditions and campgrounds, but there is nothing discussing how they all intertwine to give the most accurate information in one place.
The Alaska Highway Project will allow for scholars to explore the history of the Alaska Highway with open discussions so that facts can be represented accurately. This project will also allow for tourists to learn about the history of the highway that was built for World War II in the case of an invasion from the north, but it will also allow them to gain information on what the highway currently looks like and where they can camp, hike and explore. This will be editable so that Visitor Centres along the highway can keep campgrounds, hikes and exploration places current but will also allow scholars to include their information on an open-source database allowing all historical facts to be presented.
To account for the historical facts of the highway, a timeline software, Smartdraw along with WordPress will be used to add new information while Omeka Classic will be used to create visual representations of the text and current conditions of the highway. The timeline used will allow for dates to be clicked on to show information regarding that specific year and will be located at the bottom of the screen. All current information uploaded by Visitor Centres will be signed by which centre uploaded it using WordPress software and will be located at the top of the screen. Omeka Classic will be found under its own heading on the site called ‘Visuals and Pictures’ and will include and exhibit of historical and current pictures where people can discuss and ask questions. Other headings will include an About page, History, stories and Visitor Centres.