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Cemetery embraces technology to impart history

Cemetery embraces technology to impart history

February 17th, 2017 by Michelle Brooks in News

Visitors to the Woodland/Old City Cemetery will soon be able to use their mobile devices to learn a little history about some of the people buried there.

The city's Cemetery Resources Board agreed Thursday to proceed with a prototype set of QR code markers to be placed near the stones of the figures featured in the 2016 cemetery tour.

The city will provide an introduction page on its website to explain the QR code use. However, the scanned information will take the visitor to www.findagrave.com, where individual information already has been uploaded.

If successful, the board hopes to create QR codes leading to information on each person buried at the city's historic cemetery on McCarty Street. The goal is to draw visitors into the cemetery.

In other business, the board also learned a partnership between the city and Lincoln University has been confirmed to begin mapping the Woodland/Old City Cemetery with GIS.

The partnership will benefit the students with hands-on application of their classroom knowledge and will help the board create a thorough map of burials inside the closed cemetery.

Board Chairman Nancy Thompson said she hopes the partnership will continue in future semesters, if successful.

The board also discussed its plans for a second walking tour, hoping to set a date near Memorial Day.

The two World War I veterans buried at the cemetery will be highlighted, as well as several people interred there whose former residences were in the Capitol Avenue area, such as the Youngs, Ewings, Parsons and Ruthvens.