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This article describes the processes of creating an exhibit based around a person’s personal story.

The exhibit centers around Laura Jernegan, a six year old girl who kept a journal while living 2-5 years aboard her father’s whaling ship in the 1860’s.

The family was based out of Martha’s Vineyard, thus the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, wishing to expand its visitor base, undertook the project to build an exhibition that described Laura’s journey, as well as the history of the whaling industry.

The exhibit process described includes brainstorming, evaluation, correction and a successful opening with increased visitation to the museum.