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University of New England Uses iPad to Showcase George and Barbara Bush Gallery Berlin Wall Exhibit

The Berlin Wall: An Interactive Exhibition

The University of New England (UNE) is using Apple’s iPad technology to create an engaging and interactive exhibition to complement its latest Gallery exhibition. “The Berlin Wall: An Interactive Exhibition,” at the George and Barbara Bush Center Gallery on UNE’s Biddeford Campus, showcases the historical evolution of the wall dividing East Berlin from West Berlin, from its creation in August of 1961 to its demolition in October of 1989 and beyond.

The exhibition includes a compelling gallery display in conjunction with the iPad’s interactive digital display. Using iPad’s touch-screen technology, visitors can access a wealth of in-depth resources on the subject while strolling through the Gallery, simply by tapping on an image for more details. Via the iPad, visitors can experience images, sound, video footage, and documents showing how the English-speaking world saw the Berlin Wall and its consequences, and how German reunification was achieved.

The Berlin Wall exhibition complements a talk given by former National Security Advisor General Brent Scowcroft at UNE on September 24, 2010. General Scowcroft was instrumental in the 1989-1990 negotiations among the administrations of U.S. President George H. W. Bush, German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, and Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev from the fall of 1989 through 1990. These negotiations resulted in one of the most important historical events of the 20th century: the peaceful re-unification of East and West Germany.

The exhibition is a collaborative project led by the UNE Department of History, with support by the UNE Library Services’ Department of Special Collections and the UNE Office of Communications.

The exhibition runs through Dec. 21, 2010 at the George and Barbara Bush Center Gallery on UNE’s Biddeford Campus. It is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 10:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., Monday through Saturday.

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