California Educational Multimedia is nonprofit corporation with a mission to make history accessible and engaging with today's computer-based technologies – while maintaining a high standard of accuracy and faithfulness to the historical record.
We have several endeavors in progress at the moment, with plans for more as circumstances allow. Please consider supporting our efforts.
We have delivered a lot of history content through a variety of means and in many different venues. Overall, the most promising way of making history accessible today is through the internet, which now can deliver rich media formats such as high-resolution color graphics, sound, and video files.
We'd like to create a haven where historians with important things to say about California history can do so – and then make their contributions accessible to students, educators, and the general public. We have created a history page with some of the key stories about California and the Civil War as a model. We look forward to adding content from our presentations on California Indian peoples and the impact of the Gold Rush on their communities. We invite other historians with tales to tell to join us, and we invite sponsors who want to help make this content available to underwrite their efforts, as well as our own.
Giving multimedia presentations on history is a lot of fun, but most organizations do not have the resources to offer more than a token honorarium – if that. We would like to set up a fund that would help us bring live historical presentations to the widest possible audience. Currently, our efforts have been restricted to the Sacramento area and the foothill counties nearby. We would like to be able to bring our shows to historical societies and museums throughout the state.
The California and the Civil War exhibit was originally designed for the Folsom History Museum. Since that time, the show has been seen – free of charge – by thousands of Californians at the Nevada County Government Center and Placer County History Museum. We hope to make this exhibit available to venues around the state – both public and private. All a hosting institution needs is wall space.
Project needs: The exhibit storyline is told by graphic panels, some of which need to be updated to reflect new research in the field. Two new panels are needed to tell the story of the campaigns undertaken by California's Union Volunteers.
We would also like to build a fund to help pay for placement of the exhibit in public venues. (If you know a potential host that might want the show, please let us know!)
A California and the Civil War DVD is largely finished, though it needs to be expanded to cover new research into the campaigns of the California Volunteers. Funds are needed for voice-over work and for image rights licensing.
It is our hope that this DVD will take the story of California's experience of the Civil War to audiences that lie beyond the reach of our multimedia presentations. Ultimately, the DVD will provide the production core for a television show on the topic.
For more about our California and the Civil War exhibit, please visit our exhibits page.
For more about our multimedia shows , please visit our presentations page.
For more about our California and the Civil War DVD, please visit our DVD page.