FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: March 25, 2013
Contact: Anne Strong
Telephone: (301) 279-9697
History Associates and Civil War Trust Announce the Release of Appomattox Battle App™ Guide
A new Civil War Battle App™ guide is now available for visitors exploring the Civil War events at Appomattox. History Associates, the leading U.S. historical services firm, collaborated with the Civil War Trust to develop content for the GPS-enabled application, which provides a guide to locations of interest at Appomattox, including the battlefield, the town, and the Wilmer McLean House where the Army of Northern Virginia surrendered.
Screen shots from the Appomattox Civil War Battle App.
“This is another great release in our Battle App lineup,” said Robert Shenk, Director of Internet Strategy & Development at Civil War Trust. “These free apps are effectively helping the Trust expand public awareness of Civil War battlefields. They offer a wealth of historical information which is especially helpful at sites where there is not much physical interpretive signage in place.”
History Associates worked closely with the Civil War Trust and the National Park Service in coordinating the content development, preparing the text, securing historical photos and imagery, and coordinating production of audio and video segments. History Associates also assisted with the HTML production and conducted onsite field-testing of the app during development.
The app uses “virtual signs” to tell the story of specific events and also includes points of interest, video and audio clips, orders of battle, fun facts and quizzes, historical photos, and battle maps. Visitors can trace their position on the battlefield using the GPS-location function, but this feature is not required to use the app; it serves equally well as an educational resource for users not on-site.
Battle App™ guides are now available for ten different Civil War sites. These apps are designed to work on Apple iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini, iPod touch) and most Android-powered smartphones. They are a free of charge, thanks to the financial support of the Virginia Department of Transportation, and can be downloaded from the Apple iTunes store or at Google Play. For more information, please visit http://www.civilwar.org/battleapps/.
About the Civil War Trust
With 55,000 members, the Civil War Trust is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States. Its goals are to preserve our nation’s endangered Civil War sites and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds through education and heritage tourism. The Trust’s website is located at www.civilwar.org, the home of the Civil War sesquicentennial.
About History Associates
For more than thirty years the historians and archivists at History Associates have demonstrated that history is valuable in the market as well as the marketplace of ideas. They provide professional corporate histories, exhibit content, interpretive planning, historical research, archival services, and collections management services to clients throughout the United States and around the world. History Associates strives to be The Best Company in History®, serving corporate, government, legal, and nonprofit clients from its headquarters in Rockville, Maryland. For more information, call (301) 279-9697 or visit www.historyassociates.com.