Mills James – Statehouse Museum

Ohio Statehouse Museum Education CenterMore than 375,000 tourists have visited the Ohio Statehouse Museum since it opened in June 2009. During their tours, many of the visitors utilize interactive exhibits developed by Mills James.

The exhibits include:

  • Great Ohioans: a display highlighting the accomplishments of the recipients of the Great Ohioan award. The kiosk allows visitors to interact with videos, photos and text describing the honorees, and discover how the Great Ohioans have affected local, national and world history.
  • Ohio Constitution: this kiosk provides an interactive time line of Ohio history and key constitutional moments. Visitors can search Constitutional amendments, learn about Ohio’s Constitutional Conventions, and efforts to preserve the original document.
  • Meet The Governors: a display providing fun facts about each of Ohio’s chief executive officers, this kiosk includes a game that allows visitors to “build” their ideal governor.
  • Working for Ohio: an exhibit that utilizes a quiz show style game to help visitors understand the various cabinet agencies and state commissions that carry out the business of the state.
  • Balance the Budget: paired with the Working for Ohio kiosk, this display lets visitors attempt to balance the state’s budget at various historical intervals, according to their own priorities.
  • State of The State: an exhibit that highlights important historical State of The State addresses and allows visitors to attempt to deliver the Governor’s annual speech.
  • Representing Districts: an exhibit devoted to Ohio’s elected officials. Users can search for their representatives and learn about the process of redistricting.

Ohio Statehouse Museum Executive GalleryIn early 2007, renowned museum exhibit design firm Gerard Hilferty & Associates contracted Mills James to develop schematics, storyboards, preliminary designs and technical specifications for the Statehouse Museum exhibits on behalf of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB).

In July 2008, CSRAB awarded Mills James production of the audiovisual and interactive media for the museum. Over the course of the next 11 months, Mills James’ web and interactive media team designed the kiosks.

In my role as account manager, I developed and managed Mills James’ relationships with Hilferty and CSRAB — including creating the capabilities presentation that earned the business — supervised the project team, managed all contract documents and billing paperwork, and interfaced with other project contractors.

 All Statehouse Museum photos courtesy of the Ohio Statehouse Photo Archive.