Richard Beard, Historian, Joins Fashion Research as Gettysburg Fellow

New York, NY March 26, 2011 – Richard Beard, Historian, Joins Fashion Research Institute as Gettysburg Fellow

Fashion Research Institute CEO, Shenlei Winkler, announces that historian Dr. Richard Beard has joined the FRI team as Gettysburg Fellow with the Fashion Research Foundation, a nonprofit affiliate of FRI. Dr. Beard is a historian and administrator who has held senior leadership positions in several of the nation’s most noteworthy history museums, including the Museum of the City of New York, the Atlanta History Center, the New-York Historical Society, and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

His career, characterized by a commitment to vibrant exhibitions and public programming, has included the development of major exhibitions on the American Civil War and Abraham Lincoln.  Dr. Beard publishes regularly on historical topics as well as matters related to the museum profession.  Recent publications include “The Legacy of the Civil War,” a co-authored essay for the National Park Service’s official Sesquicentennial handbook The Civil War Remembered and “From Civil War to Civil Rights: The Opportunities of the Civil War Sesquicentennial,” a forthcoming article to appear in History News.

Dr. Beard is currently part of the project team developing a national exhibition on freedom and slavery, the volunteer coordinator for the Civil War Sesquicentennial for the American Association for State and Local History.

“I am very excited to be involved in the initial stages of developing what promises to be an incredible on-line resource for any and everyone interested in the Civil War.  As more and more Americans turn to the Web for their history, the development of Virtual Gettysburg could not come at a better moment.  The upcoming commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War promises to engage millions of Americans with the three-day battle in the small Pennsylvania town of Gettyburg, an event that did much to determine the war’s outcome.” says Beard.

”We are excited about having Dr. Beard join the Fashion Research Team.” says Shenlei Winkler, CEO of the Fashion Research Institute. “We think his wealth of knowledge about the American Civil War and expertise in producing substantive public programming will provide tremendous insights into the Gettysburg Redux project, and his input and guidance will help ensure that the project is developed with  historical accuracy.”


Fashion Research Institute has been leading the effort to push the use of virtual immersive environments (virtual worlds) for the purpose of training, development and education.  Gettysburg Redux is a visionary project intended to accurately reproduce the 3-day Battle of Gettysburg in a virtual world for multidisciplinary uses.


About Fashion Research Institute, Inc.: The Fashion Research Institute is at the forefront of developing innovative design & merchandising solutions for the apparel industry.  They research and develop products and systems for the fashion industry that sweepingly address wasteful business and production practices. Shenlei Winkler’s work spans both couture and mass-market design and development for the real life apparel industry. A successful designer, her lifetime sales of her real life apparel designs have now reached more than $70 million USD, with more than 25 million-dollar styles in her portfolio. Her couture work has appeared extensively on stage and movie screen.

Speaking Saturday October 30 at Virtual Pioneers about Gettysburg project

Fashion Research Institute CEO Shenlei Winkler will be speaking at the Virtual Pioneers conference on Saturday, October 30th from 11-12 noon PT (2-3 pm ET) on the large-scale Gettysburg project being developed in ScienceSim.

Gettysburg Redux: Simulating the Gettysburg Battlefield in ScienceSim provides an overview of the 1:1 simulation of the Gettysburg Battlefield being developed in the OpenSim-based ScienceSim grid.  Winkler will discuss how educators can become involved in this large-scale, big picture project to fully simulate the critical, 3-day long Battle of Gettyburg. Gettysburg Redux is being developed in conjunction with American Civil War historians, historical and material culture organizations, educators, technology companies and other interested parties.

This project promises to be a visionary use of virtual worlds such as OpenSim which will help drive research into the areas of immersion, digital asset management, distance and immersive educational experiences, and of course, the underlying technology that must be further developed to support such a sweeping, large-scale effort.  The project is underway now with an initial pilot curriculum planned for completion as soon as June 2011.

Join us for a the overview of this project in the Virtual Pioneers Second Life region (Black Bear Island) on Saturday, October 30 from 11-12 noon PT.

Shenlei Winkler Speaking at ISTE2010 SIGVE Virtual Environments Playground

Join educator and author Shenlei Winkler for this whirlwind tour through three well-defined use cases for OpenSim-based education.  Focusing on her celebrated work in virtual worlds for fashion designers, she also highlights ongoing research and development of exciting new projects in historical simulation.

Winkler will be talking about OpenSim for Education: Butterflies, Battlefields and Fashion Design from 12-12:30 pm MT/2:2:30 pm ET in the ISTE Island 4 region in Second Life.  Please join us for what promises to be an interesting half hour!