Who were the people who settled the American West in the 1800s? How are they different from the people moving west today? How did people
get to the West? And how is the idea of Manifest Destiny expressed in John Gast’s famous 1872 painting? This fun, interactive app filled with
voices from the past and present allows the user to move all the figures out of Gast’s painting, learning more about the American West and Manifest
Destiny as each figure is dragged back into the painting. Designed to connect yesterday with today, the app also looks at the contemporary West
in a parallel view that allows the player to drag contemporary images into the painting, now updated to present time. Featuring artifacts and art from the Autry National Center’s collection, the app brings the West to life for players as they learn more about the Pony Express, the Transcontinental Railroad, and the role the stagecoach played in westward expansion.
This is an interactive learning tool based on a work of art from the collection of the Autry National Center in Los Angeles. It is appropriate
for all audiences.