The Albany Regional Museum is going high tech to showcase the pioneering women who helped shape the future of Albany and Oregon.
the Albany Explorer app was created by the Albany Visitors Association and Hospitality Vision. It offers self-guided tours of historic Albany and the Linn County Covered Bridges, as well as shopping, dining and other details. The Holiday Lights tour is also present. It’s free and available for Android and Apple phones.
A tour to be unveiled at the end of January will highlight diversity and achievement, showcasing six women and their significant and unique accomplishments. The ‘Pioneering Women History Stop’ will be an interactive tour featuring signs with QR codes at various locations, the first of its kind featuring women from the Albany region in history.
“Our city loves history and we wanted to be able to showcase women pioneers and women pioneers in the sense that they have done awesome or interesting things for the city of Albany,” said Keith Lohse, Executive Director of Albany Regional Museum. . “It’s a story that isn’t told often enough.”
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Scanning a QR code on the panels through the app will display video and audio with biographical facts and contributions from the featured pioneer woman. In addition, the link will include an interactive map and a printable and downloadable document on the topic. Lohse said more historic stops will be added in the future.
“There are already tours that will tell you the story of the detached houses,” he said. “We’re excited to expand this and offer more to people. “
The museum received an Oregon Cultural Trust grant of $ 8,562 to develop a new tour in partnership with the Albany Visitors Association.
The app, which launched in 2018, has been popular especially with the use of Google Map Tours, according to Rebecca Bond, executive director of the Albany Visitors Association. She said the idea to add tours arose out of the collaborative process of developing the app, which is regularly updated with new features.
“It’s all available on our website, but also now on the app, so people can get all of this information with them wherever they go,” Bond said. She noted that an audio component added last year with the voice of Albany City Councilor Matilda Novak allows users to hear the history of the locations in the historic Hackleman and Monteith neighborhoods.
Bond said it’s important to tell the full story of local history, which includes significant contributions from women. From the perspective of the tourism industry, she sees tours as a draw for history buffs, who she says already love the city because of its historical aspects.
“It just adds to the experience,” she said. The app is paid for through referrals, according to Bond, who said it typically had over 1,000 users at any given time and saw a lot more activity during the holidays.
Cody Mann covers the cities of Albany and Lebanon. He can be contacted at 541-812-6113 or [email protected]
“Our city loves history and we wanted to be able to showcase women pioneers and women pioneers in the sense of women who have done impressive or interesting things for the city of Albany.” ~ Keith Lohse, Albany Regional Museum