Reagan Ranch Center Interactive Timeline


A new interactive timeline is the centerpiece of the Reagan Ranch Center gallery. It consists of five multi-touch displays that let visitors explore the events that occurred while the Reagans owned their ranch in Santa Barbara, CA.

Rich content from a treasure trove of archives

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Ranging from intimate (home videos of President Reagan chopping wood at the ranch the day after he won re-election) to world-changing (the collapse of the USSR), the timeline presents precious letters, photographs, interviews and memorabilia in high-resolution that describe a detailed portrait of the man across nearly three decades.

Theme-based storytelling

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In addition, topic filters enable docent-led and self-directed explorations of story lines such as the Cold War, great speeches, and the conservative movement. Running in stunning UHD resolution, the interactive timeline uses pinch-zoom and swipe gestures to flip through artifacts in great detail as if they were digging through the drawers of Reagan’s desk.

Enclosures designed to feel like modern artifacts

Custom-designed enclosures made from 100+-year-old reclaimed wood and corrugated steel feel like something that might have been found on the ranch, and state-of-the-art directional audio ensures that audio and video playback doesn’t bleed over from one station to another.

A living exhibit that gets richer over time

An online CMS supports the entire system and enables easy expansion and editing from any web browser, ensuring that Reagan’s personal legacy will always be as tangible and accessible as he was in real life.

About the Reagan Ranch Center

The Reagan Ranch Center exists to preserve and give the public a view into Ronald Reagan’s “Western White House,” Ranch del Cielo in the Santa Ynez Mountains outside of Santa Barbara, CA. The Center uses the ranch as a lens to provide unique insight not available at the Reagan presidential library. As the ranch itself is not in a position to handle thousands of visitors per year, however, the Center was built with an interpretive gallery and visitor center that hosts tours and special events year-round.


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