IMAG History & Science Center Celebrating Black History Month
Fort Myers, Fla. (Feb. 13, 2017) – On Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, History Saturday will celebrate Black History Month with pop-up exhibits from 11a.m. – 2p.m., paying tribute to black inventors and scientists, with hands-on experiments using their historic technologies. IMAG will also feature important parts of black history in Southwest Florida, including the second United States Colored Infantry, who were members of the United States Colored Troops (USCT) and stationed at Fort Myers in the Civil War.
The Association for the Study of African-American Life and History (ASALH) chose “African-Americans in Times of War” as the theme of Black History Month and as history would have it African-American soldiers played a key role in The Battle of Fort Myers. According to historical accounts, the members of the USCT in Fort Myers were fighting for the Union and helped prevent the Confederates from destroying the city’s fort and blocked their retrieval of thousands of heads of cattle.
The USCT participation in the Battle of Fort Myers will now be commemorated within a 3D virtual reality(VR) environment in IMAG’s newest VR experience set to debut at the end of this month. IMAG historian Jim Powers and executive director Matt Johnson joined forces with D3 Creative Studios of Fort Myers again, this time to bring the Battle of Fort Myers to life. A representative member of the USCT has a role within the virtual environment reenacting the famous battle.
Johnson explained that IMAG is beginning to incorporate VR because it is such a powerful tool that has transformed the way people absorb information through immediate engagement and immersive interactions while being suitable for all learning styles.
“Our goal is to engage visitors in science and history, and we believe this exhibit is a perfect blend of both disciplines. It provides an interactive educational experience that is both informative and entertaining,” said Johnson.
IMAG History and Science Center is a family-friendly destination offering fun interactive exhibits, an aquarium, history displays and a 3D theater. The mission is to engage guests in the exploration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), and more recently the history of Southwest Florida. This is achieved through hands-on experiences and educational programs that further the understanding of the natural and human-made world, and foster an appreciation for the unique environment, natural waterways and rich history of Southwest Florida. A visit to IMAG nurtures intellectual curiosity, discovery and innovation. For more information, visit www.theIMAG.org or visit in person – 2000 Cranford Avenue | Fort Myers, Florida, 33916