A space for healing and reflection, the WE REMEMBER THEM: ACTS OF LOVE AND COMPASSION IN ISLA VISTA exhibition honored the acts of love and compassion that emerged in Isla Vista and on the UC Santa Barbara campus after the tragedy of May 23, 2014. Through photographs of planned and unplanned memorials, artifacts and messages left at spontaneous memorial sites, and documentation of support from around the globe, the exhibition remembered those who died and were injured, and told the story of a community empowered by its own humanity in reacting to a collective loss.

This online exhibition was designed to re-create the feeling of walking room-by-room through the physical exhibit space which was in place for ten weeks in the UCSB Old Gym. In 2016, the exhibit was awarded a Leadership in History award from the American Association for State and Local History. Both the physical and digital items found in this exhibit are housed in Special Research Collections at the UCSB Library.

This online exhibition utilizes Omeka, an open-source web publishing platform for the display of library, museum, archive, and scholarly collections.

Exhibition Credits

  • Melissa Barthelemy (Online Exhibition Co-Curator and Public History Ph.D. Candidate)
  • Rebecca Metzger (Associate University Librarian)
  • Annie Platoff (Librarian and May 23, 2014, Isla Vista Memorial Archive Curator)
  • Julia Diane Larson (Online Exhibition Consultant, Reference Archivist AD&A Museum)
  • Lauren Trujillo (Online Exhibition Co-Curator and UCLA MLIS Graduate Student)