New Farm App Features Augmented Reality

Mary Olson Farm, tax assessment image 1939
Mary Olson Farm, tax assessment image 1939
Mary Olson Farmhouse in Auburn © 2011 4Culture
Mary Olson Farmhouse in Auburn © 2011 4Culture

The folks over at White River Vally Museum are partnering with STQRY to develop a mobile app featuring the Mary Olson Farm. Rachael Burrum, the Curator of Education at the Museum, shares with us the cool new features of this innovative Farm app:

Our new Augmented Reality App at the Farm is NOW available during open hours this summer, weekends June 21 – August 24 from noon – 5 p.m.

We are really excited about the release of our new augmented reality tour of the Mary Olson Farm. We’ve worked with the wonderful folks at StQRy over the past 6 months to create a new and exciting way to learn about historic restoration and preservation. While the Farm already has many layers of interpretation; informational panels, guided farmhouse tours and of course the sheer beauty of the buildings and landscape, we found that many visitors were also interested in the restoration of the property – the how and why.  To answer these questions augmented reality technology seemed like a natural fit. We feel that being in the restored space while simultaneously viewing and hearing how it came to be that way will be a powerful experience for our visitors. The free app is available to any guests with an iPhone and uses GPS location technology to guide the tour.

Once visitors download the app they will simply select to begin the tour and hold their phone up at 8 locations throughout the property to see photo progressions and videos magically appear on their screen as they hear commentary from Museum Director Patricia Cosgrove.

This technology is a really cool way to tour the Mary Olson Farm and we hope it will also serve as an entre for younger generations into the topics of history and preservation.

 

This project was partially funded by 4Culture’s Preservation Special Projects program in 2013. Be sure to make your way over the Mary Olson Farm in June & August to get a look at “augmented reality” for yourself. Kiddos are always welcome!

*post updated 6/24/14