Century Village Museum goes high-tech to give visitors better access to the past. Mobile app is newly released and it shares rarely seen artifacts and little-known stories.
The Geauga County Historical Society launched a new mobile application a few weeks ago that will give visitors the ability to tour the society’s Century Village Museum in Burton and other historical sites in Geauga County for free using their smartphones, tablets, and other digital devices. Users can download the free application through the App Store or on their Android devices by visiting http://app.geaugahistorical.org/ Here you can also find driving tours and museum tours.
The free guide application is the result of a partnership with Cleveland State University’s Center for Public History and Digital Humanities. It enables Century Village Museum to open its grounds to the public every day, a goal the Geauga Historical Society has been working toward for nearly a year. Elizabeth Wantz, curator of Century Village Museum, said the application promises to help the Museum fulfill its mission to educate and inspire the community to learn more about its history.
Using sound, images, and the written word, the mobile application will present all the Century Village Museum tours that previous visitors will find familiar. But it also will offer historical background for buildings that are not usually covered in the live tours and introduce users to artifacts that are rarely on display. The application will guide users beyond Century Village Museum to sites around the county to reveal little-known stories from the county’s past through tours that range from fully interactive to driving tours.
The application will be updated continuously to keep the content fresh and provide users with new experiences every time, and the community will be invited to recommend sites for inclusion in future tours.
This technology allows us to engage the community and share all of the interesting details and stories that may not make it into our bricks-and-mortar museum,” Wantz said. “It seems ironic that a high-tech tool like this would be so valuable to those of us who have such a love for the past.”