Chasing the Paper Canoe

Coastal Carolina University’s new Athenaeum Press will launch an exciting new project that includes a published book and website both integrating augmented reality. “The Paper Canoe Project” is a contemporary photographic reinterpretation from a chapter of Nathaniel Bishop’s historic book The Voyage of the Paper Canoe, published in 1878. The book will be launched at the Edwards College Annual Board of Visitors Gala on April 12, 2013 and will also be celebrated at the River Read event at Riverfront Park in Conway on April 20, 2013. SC Humanities supported this project with a Mini Grant in January 2013.

Nathaniel Bishop traveled via waterways between Quebec, Canada to the Gulf of Mexico in a paper canoe between 1874 and 1975, and The Voyage of the Paper Canoe recorded this journey. Athenaeum Press’ contemporary book Chasing the Paper Canoe recreates through photography Chapter 11 of the original work, which encompasses the Waccamaw River starting in North Carolina to the Winyah Bay area of Charleston, SC. The project also includes a web component that will offer more imagery, cultural information, and related video and augmented reality that turns still photographs from the book into live video that can stream through smart devices.

Chasing the Paper Canoe will be officially launched on April 12, 2013 at The College of Humanities and Fine Arts Annual Board of Visitors Gala. The event is open to the public. Tickets for the event cost $125.00 and is a fundraiser for student scholarships. This year’s event centers around the Athenaeum Press and the launch of it’s first book, Chasing the Paper Canoe, created and produced by Coastal Carolina University students and faculty. The Gala starts at 6:00PM on April 12th.

Additionally, Chasing the Paper Canoe will be presented at the River Read festival on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. at Riverfront Park in Conway , SC. River Read is a festival designed to ignite or revive the simple joy of reading, to develop a framework for establishing Conway as the “City that Reads,” and to provide a new opportunity for camaraderie and community-building for Conway residents.  In addition to the program about Chasing the Paper Canoe, River Read will have exhibitors and a diverse schedule of activities celebrating reading. For more information and the full schedule, visit the website at:

For more information about Chasing the Paper Canoe or the Athenaeum Press, please contact Trisha O’Connor, Director or visit this website Copies of the book can be purchased from the website.

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