The new app for Explore Baltimore Heritage provides viewers with an educational tour of Baltimore’s historic landmarks and neighborhoods. Each point on the GPS-enabled map includes copious amounts of information about the area, along with stories about its past and pictures gathered from Baltimore archives, libraries, and institutions of higher education. Take self-guided tours of West Baltimore, learn about the War of 1812 at the Fort McHenry National Monument, and visit the quaint shops and neighborhoods of Mount Vernon with the touch of a button! This invaluable tool will help history buffs and community centers everywhere learn more about the history of places we walk past every day.
The Explore Baltimore Heritage project is an on-going program with stories developed by Baltimore Heritage staff and volunteers and including resources from partner institutions such as the “Baltimore Museum of Industry, Enoch Pratt Free Library – Maryland’s State Library Resource Center, the Maryland Historical Society, the University of Baltimore Langsdale Library Special Collections, the UMBC Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery Special Collections and others.” The project was developed to promote the education of Baltimoreans about their heritage and bring about preservation advocacy for Baltimore landmarks.
The app includes oral history reports from Baltimore residents and historians, Google Map directions to each site, sharing with social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, short documentary videos, and much more. The app is also available for the Android BTW.