Interactive Tour Map

History Makers Camp Creates Interactive Tour Map

 

Founded in 1824, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) is the home to unique historical collections from 350 years of American history comprised of some 600,000 printed items and more than 21 million manuscript and graphic items.  With all these resources the HSP hosted a History Makers Camp for Philadelphia high school students to create a mobile-friendly walking tour guiding users through the African-American struggle for freedom and equality in Philadelphia.  Nine students in this two-week program under the direction of a panel of historians, educators, and elected officials created Explore Philly, an interactive tour map which is also available for free on the App Store and Google Play through the Tour Buddy Historic Tours App.  

 

Interactive Tour Map

Currently there are 3 categories included in the tour: Abolition Period, Progressive Era, and Civil Rights Movement.  The content for each key landmark include a video link, interesting historical background information and useful links where you can learn more.  “There’s something powerful about bringing these stories of struggle and success from the pages of a historical document to the streets of a city where they are still playing out today,” says Beth Twiss Houting, senior director of programs and services at HSP.  Stay tuned for more to come from this great program.  Experience the tour>>

 

iOS & Android Apps

The flexibility of the App Builder platform allowed HSP to launch not only a virtual tour for mobile web browsers, but also an iOS and Android App through the Tour Buddy Historic Tours App.  The Explore Philly guide is available for download through the Tour Buddy Historic Tours App for both Apple and Android devices.  The mobile app allows users to turn ON the GPS Auto Play so that whenever they are close to a point of interest on the tour, the stop in the app automatically opens.

 

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Historic Quincy Walking Tour App and Virtual Tour

 

Shopping malls that were created  to replicate the feel of the traditional Main Street are dying. Historic downtown areas across the United States are being restored and becoming destinations among themselves. Quincy Main Street’s vision to revitalize and preserve the rich and diverse culture in Quincy, Florida informed their mobile app tour and virtual tour project.  With funding from the Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources the Historic Quincy Walking Tour App and virtual tour are now available on the App Store and Google Play for free!


 

The App

 

Take a stroll through the 36-block National Register Quincy historic district broken up into 3 walking tours: Commercial District, Eastern Residential District & Western Residential District. The tours include outstanding examples of architecture ranging from early 1800s antebellum cottages to Queen Anne mansions. Learn the history of the old Quincy State Bank Building and Opera House and its association with the Coca-Cola Company as well as how the Bell and Bates Building became the nationally accredited Gadsden Arts Center and Museum.

 

The cohesive experience of the app allows users to walk around and listen to Quincy’s story offline without using data.  The GPS enabled map give users the ability to find their blue dot on the GPS map and click on the various stops to ‘Get Directions.’  The images take visitors back in time to see what buildings looked like in years past.

 

The Virtual Tour

 

Not only did Quincy Main Street want visitors to be able to experience Quincy on site, but also as a virtual tour on their desktop.  The virtual tour shows all of the same content with images, a GPS map and audio, but can be viewed on a desktop computer or on smartphones through the browser.  Adding a virtual tour gives Quincy access to even more potential visitors who are curious about this beautiful town and its history.

 

Check out the Quincy Historic Walking Tour Virtual Tour.  

 

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