The Price of Freedom
This online exhibition explores every American war through the Smithsonian’s comprehensive collection of American military artifacts.
Americans have fought to establish the nation’s independence, determine its borders, define freedoms, and defend interests around the globe. This exhibition at the National Museum of American History examines how wars have shaped the nation’s history and transformed American society. The interactive timeline provides a jumping off point for each war. Visitors can get an overview for each with a short video that provides context to the conflict, or navigate chronologically from one object to the next against the backdrop of the exhibition story. There is unmediated access to the collection for visitors to search, explore, and discover objects or they can enjoy interpretive tracks that help contextualize the objects and their significance. Visitors can examine intricate details of every artifact, and the learning resources section provides special interactives for the classroom or visitors looking to enhance their experience.
Press & AwardsFlash in the Can, Winner, Story/Narrative, 2005Flash Film Festival, Finalist, Story, 2005American Association of Museums Muse Awards, Honorable Mention, History and Culture, 2005
This site provided an almost immersive experience, and used Flash application where it helps—but not excessively.Omni Intermedia Award, Gold, Educational, 2005Print, Digital Design Annual, Winner, Cultural, 2005
Second Story’s treatment of the content places the history of American conflict in a larger framework, most clearly illustrated by the overarching timeline interface.The Scout Report, Research and Education, December 3, 2004
There are numerous online exhibits that attempt to holistically address the experience of Americans at war, but few succeed as thoroughly as this recently released gem presented by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. With an admirable eye for integrating visual documentary evidence and short historical essays and descriptions, this website offers insights into the various armed conflicts that have engulfed the country from the Revolutionary War to the current conflict in Iraq.
- Jeremy Clark
- JD Hooge
- David Brewer, Thomas Wester, David Knape
- A/V Editing & Production
- David Waingarten
- Tom Allen
- Sam Mowry
- Quality Assurance
- Marti Johnson
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