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Meeting: Wednesday, April 19, 2000

A Virtual Journey Through Real History:
Using 3D Tools to Model San Diego's Old Town

Steve Schoenherr, Department of History, USD

Join us at the University of San Diego Department of History for the San Diego SIGGRAPH April meeting, to get a first look at The History of Old Town San Diego on CD-ROM, a project by Steve Schoenherr, Iris Engstrand, and Thor Brickman to create a multimedia history of Old Town San Diego from the era of the Kumeyaay Native-Americans in the fifteenth century through the Spanish and Mexican and United States eras. The interactive presentation allows the viewer to walk through a 3D model of the pueblo as it existed in 1870, including 55 buildings and the landscape of San Diego Bay, Point Loma, Ballast Point, Presidio Hill, Mission Valley and the San Diego River. Original documents include maps, drawings, photographs and first-hand accounts from settlers and visitors. A variety of historical accounts include the complete text of Smythe's History of San Diego, a classic history but long out-of-print in its book version, and more recent articles from the Journal of San Diego History. A detailed Timeline provides a chronology of San Diego history from the prehistoric era to the present. Multimedia essays provide background and context with narration and interactive illustrations.

San Diego SIGGRAPH is being given an in-depth look at this work in progress on the application of 3D and multimedia technology to the teaching of local history.


6:00 - 7:00 PM Social Hour
7:00 - 9:00 Meeting


Members free. Non-members $5. Memberships $15/year.

Address, directions and maps:

Room L318, third floor, Loma Hall
University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492

From Qualcomm Stadium, go West on Friars Rd. past I-805, Cal-163 and Fashion Valley, turn Right onto Via Las Cumbres, turn Left onto Linda Vista Rd., turn Right onto Santa Ana Dr. to enter the USD campus. Follow the campus map to the parking structure #42 and park, then proceed to Loma Hall (#20 on the map).


Click on the image for more detailed maps.

Updated 02/22/00 

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