I do not own an I-Phone, but if I did, I would be buying some of the history-related apps that Michael Lynch calls our attention to at his informative blog, “Past in the Present.” I especially like his review of an app called “Revolutionary War Site Locator.” Here it is:
I’m really fond of this one. It’s a map program that tags Am Rev parks, museums, monuments, and cemeteries, allowing you to find historic sites near your current location and instantly access background information, photos, links, directions, etc. One of the things I liked about using a TomTom when doing heritage tourism is that you could pull up the names and locations of nearby museums and parks, but this app is far more comprehensive, with many more sites included (down to the burial places of individual historic figures or small museums with just a few Rev War items) and much more information per site. If you’re in Kansas City, MO and you need a Rev War fix, just bring up the map and you’ll find that there’s an equestrian statue of Washington in town, and you’ll also get information about when it was constructed, who made it, who raised the money, and so on. (This is an actual example, believe it or not.) This app is also constantly updated with additional material from other users, and you can add your own photos and sites for the benefit of others.. At only $1.99, it’s a must have for AWI aficionados.
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