The Warwick Historical Society is looking for volunteers to help create a digital tour of the historic places that tell Warwick stories. An initial meeting is planned for Sun., Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. at the A.W. Buckbee Center, located at 2 Colonial Ave. in Warwick.
For many residents and visitors, the historic look and character of Warwick is a magnet. Some visitors can not conform to the hours a docent offers walking tours, but will gladly take a smartphone-enabled tour. The creation of a digital walking tour app, available on both Androids and IPhones, would allow visitors to learn about the rich history of Warwick at their convenience.
The Society is looking for volunteers to help in a variety of disciplines, such as coding, design, photography, voice-overs, and marketing. No experience is required and workshops will be offered to provide the necessary skills. Volunteer community mentors will be engaged along the way to guide, teach and solve problems as they arise.
The tour will take on the feel of a game with a “prize” given to users who answer a certain number of questions. Through use of this app, residents and visitors will learn about the sites, history and rich culture of Warwick. The app will highlight some of the important historical sites within the town – with narrators, some young, some older, relating the stories or legends pertaining to the site. The goal is to have multiple versions of the app geared toward a variety of audiences, such as youth, tourists and a Spanish language audience.
This project was made possible by a $5,000 grant awarded by Humanities NY, an organization that provides leadership and support across the state’s intellectual and cultural sectors through grants, programs, networking and advocacy in order to encourage critical thinking and cultural understanding in the public arena.
For more information or to volunteer, call Lisa Weisbrod at 986-3236, ext. 106 or send an email to email@example.com.