World War II Home Front Museum
Develop creative media experiences that enhance exhibits throughout the museum and immerse visitors in what life was like on the home front during World War II.
Silver Oaks was honored to be a part of the creative team that brought Coastal Georgia’s unique World War II story to life at the World War II Home Front Museum on St. Simons Island. Working closely with the historians and curators from the Coastal Georgia Historical Society, Silver Oaks produced 14 media experiences that showcase the personal stories of the men, women and children on the home front who made the allied victory possible. Each of the media experiences are thoughtfully integrated into the galleries, carefully using audio, video and interactive elements that transport visitors back to 1940’s American life along the Eastern seaboard.
Fully produced by Silver Oaks, a 9-minute orientation theater film sets the stage for visitors – drawing them into the time period and showing them the realities of life at that time, along with Glynn County’s multifaceted role during the war. Many of the media stations pull from the rich inventory of personal interviews that the historical society has captured over the years. Some stations are strictly audio stations where a visitor can push a button to hear a Coastal Georgian resident reminiscence about wartime life or the radar training school that was established on St. Simons. Touchscreen stations also feature stories about protecting the coastline from invasion and constructing Liberty Ships in Brunswick. A three-part video about the significance of the Battle of the Atlantic teaches visitors about the perceived threat of German invasion for Coastal Georgians.
Touchscreen interactive programs also give visitors a unique perspective of the home front efforts. “The Brunswick Liberty Ships: Building for War” allows visitors to assemble and launch 5 of the ships constructed in Brunswick and then track their wartime journeys across the Atlantic and Pacific. “Radar Room” introduces visitors to radar technology and the role of a Fighter Director, whose job it was to direct a squadron of pilots to intercept possible enemy aircraft.