Eagle Scout creates historic application

January 18, 2014 by  

A local teen is helping community members learn more about Lafayette history with an innovative technology.

Marc Davis, a junior at Acalanes High School, has created an iPhone application to lead Lafayette residents and visitors on a historic walking tour. The project was created as part of his Eagle Scouts requirement.

Davis was inspired to create the app after recalling a walking tour he took as a child. The docent-led tour was part of his third grade education at a local elementary school. Lafayette third grade students are still required to take the walking tour, but it will now be technologically enhanced by Davis’ app.

The Lafayette Historical Society has provided the app to all of Lafayette’s third grade teachers. Users of it can view a map displaying the historic sites located in the city’s downtown area. They can activate an auto-play option that begins an audio presentation when their phone’s GPS recognizes that they have reached a historic site. The app is also available to public. More information is available on Lafayette Historical Society website.

Providing the app to the local schools is a great way to make it available to the public. However, if Davis and the Historical Society wanted to promote the app further, there are a variety of options available. A local printing company is a great resource for creating marketing materials. A campaign of custom-printed postcards is a fantastic way to spread information about the app through the Lafayette community.