Monday, January 6, 2014
The Town of Mount Pleasant’s Historical Commission announces the release of Mount Pleasant Historical, a free app for Android and iPhone users, which puts the history of the town in the palm of your hands. The development and launch of the mobile walking tour app marks the first of its kind for the Town of Mount Pleasant.
Through the app, Android and iPhone users can explore Mount Pleasant’s history, whether it’s through notable names or off-the-beaten-path places that helped shape the region. Layered, map-based, multimedia presentations bring the area’s history to life in an easy, fun-to-use format. The app works with your smart phone’s GPS system to direct you to the exact location of each historical point.
“The ability for the app to direct users to the exact location of a historical point in Town is simply amazing,” said Chris Haynes, of the town’s planning department. “On top of that, users can read about that location and view historical photos and media which can really bring the history to life. People drive by the town’s historical markers every day and may not realize it or have the time to pull over and view the marker. Now they can get on the website or pull up the app on their smartphone and read the text of that marker, view historic photos, or take a walking tour of related sites. It truly is remarkable.”
Together with the Mount Pleasant Historical website, users can search more than 70 stories by subject or tag, or browse through a comprehensive map of historic locations. These stories include the location and full text of all existing historical markers located throughout town. Themed walking tours are also included which guide users through the photos, and other media that accompany the sites. New sites are being added regularly so users are encouraged to check the app frequently.
“Understanding the past helps us to shape the future, and today’s technology allows history to come alive in ways it never could before,” said the app’s developer, Mark Tebeau, Ph.D., Director of Public History at Arizona State University. “In the past, we used books and photos to illustrate historical events. Now, we can utilize mobile technology to bring history to life during walking tours of the actual sites that shaped Mount Pleasant.”
To download Mount Pleasant Historical, go to your Android or iPhone app store, or visit us at http://mountpleasanthistorical.org.
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