Archive | October, 2013

App Spotlight: The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway

7 Oct

History Comes to Life

Before Emanicipation, enslaved people depended on a secret network of men and women to lead them to freedom: the Underground Railroad.
Harriet Tubman Byway App

Courageous women like Harriet Tubman secured slaves’ safe passage along the Underground Railroad, as the network came to be known. Reading about the Railroad in history books, it’s hard to imagine the breadth and depth of the slaves’ journey and obstacles they faced along the way.

But thanks to the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, today it’s possible to revisit the geographic route that Tubman took to ultimately bring dozens of enslaved people to freedom. The Byway is a scenic 125-mile route that runs along the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay. With more than two-dozen historical sites of interest, it weaves through a beautiful landscape that has been virtually unaltered for over a century.

But how do you know where to go? Enter the excursion app created by TourSphere. Whether you have two days or two hours to explore the Byway, this app has everything necessary to plan and execute a trip—including an overview of the driving tour, contact info for the organization, and an interactive map detailing the route.

Not only can users locate all the points of interest on the tour, they can also have a totally interactive experience using the GPS and written directions to guide them along their way

This audio tour app is a powerful storytelling tool, complete with beautifully scripted narration with a wide cast of characters and perspectives. Users can start the audio tour from the beginning, or jump ahead to sites of particular interest.

The app is currently available as a web app—all that is required is connectivity and a browser—and in the iTunes app store. Keep your eyes peeled for the Android version.

To view the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway app, visit http://tubman.toursphere.com or scan this QR code with your smartphone.

To view the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway app, visit http://tubman.toursphere.com or scan this QR code with your smartphone.

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