Helpful Things

Using this Site

This exhibition has interactive features designed to give you new ways to think about the property and collection.  The complexity of it does not lend itself to a serene experience if accessed on a phone, it is best viewed on a computer.  I've prepared a brief video to help you navigate.  

Where do I start?

That depends on what you want to see.  The exhibition is designed to be non-linear.  You can explore what you like, in any order you want.  That being said, the items in boldface in the menu are like section headings–they provide an overview of that theme–whereas the pages below them go into more detail and depth on specific topics.  

No, seriously, where do I start?

Ok, open the drop-down menu and start at the beginning.  Learn about the layout of the property and then take a tour of what it was like in 1917.  Then, go back to the menu–you'll be drawn to it like a moth to the flame, except it is helpful–and click on "The Log House."  Then, explore the rooms.  Then, finally, click on "Exhibtion Objects" to see pieces of furniture, textiles, ceramics, and other objects.  Want to learn more about what did not survive?  Click on "Things Missing," a section devoted to items we know of through photographs but which have not been located.  That's a pretty good start. 

I'm having a problem finding...

The platform is not without its quirks, and to ensure the best experience we suggest the following:

  1. Make your browser window is as large as it can be, and preferably the entire width of the screen.  Different browsers sometimes clip the bottom of the menu and will not show certain items.  This is much less likely to happen if your screen is full width.
  2. Tried suggestion one and still not seeing something?  Because this is a known issue, we have included a sitemap that will show everything.  Unlike the dropdown menu it is fully scrollable.  Try that instead.  

What do you mean "Things Missing"?

Like it sounds, these are objects I felt important to include, but whose precise whereabouts are unknown.  Mainly, these come from the historic photographs of the interiors and–where possible–are fully identified.  Recognize something we missed?  Drop us a line.  The goal of this exhibition is to start an expanded conversation rather than provide the final word. 

Can I search for...

Yes, access the search feature by clicking on the stylized magnifying glass in the upper left corner, next to the three stacked lines of the drop-down menu.  Results come pretty quickly and are divided into page results (noting any time the terms appear on any of the pages) and item results (the objects in the exhibition, including the "things missing" section.

What about...?

Full disclosure: there are pieces and things we have discovered that deserve to be included in this exhibition that–mainly because of time–had to put aside for the moment with the knowledge that we could add them in the near future.  These are the known additions that are needed, but others will undoubtedly emerge as we continue work.   

Why doesn't this work well on my phone?

It's complicated.  The site, that is; the answer is simple–many of the interactive features work more predictably when viewed on a larger screen.  If you must use a phone to view this, perhaps consider using the previous / next buttons at the bottom of the pages to move through in a linear fashion and avoid the heartache sometimes caused by the drop-down menu.  Truthfully, because this exhibition relies (in a large measure) on being able to expand and move through historic photographs even if it worked perfectly on a phone the small size of the screen cannot provide an equivalent experience to seeing it larger.