New Jersey History Trails App
Hi! My name is Kelly, and I am The History Girl. I’m a recent college graduate with a degree in American Studies and I am a lover of history and learning. For the last three years I have run “TheHistoryGirl.com,” dedicated to teaching others about the history of New Jersey and other states through social media and personal visits to museums and historic sites. I have found that many people do not know about all of the wonderful historic sites New Jersey has to offer.
What is the History Trails app?
My goal is to develop an app for smartphones and tablets that provides various "History Trails" people can go on. Depending on the person's interest (Revolutionary War, Industrial Sites, Agriculture, etc), they can choose a different trail. Each trail will contain information about the site, photos, a link to more information, and the site's address.
Why do we want this app?
I think it is very important to keep history "modern" with the use of new technology. New Jersey has such a rich history that is kept in the shadows. This app will allow people on the go to find historic sites based on their interests.
How are my donations used?
Apps cost money to make - from the person coding the app for use on smartphones and tablets to the cost of hosting it on a database. Any updates we make to the app will cost extra, and of course we want to keep our app updated to better serve everyone!
Statistics from the National Park Service show that in 2013, $159,500,000 in economic benefit was realized from national park tourism alone in New Jersey. Millions more from local and state historic sites can be realized if there is a place where history lovers from in-state and out-of-state can establish a connection between historic sites and local home-grown businesses. Businesses such as restaurants, diners, inns, taverns, bed and breakfasts, and even wineries are often set in historic settings, based in historic buildings, and have a rich cultural connection with the state. When paired with a nearby historic site for lunch, dinner, a quick bite, or even an overnight stay, that untapped potential from heritage tourism is realized.
How business can become a part of this New Jersey History Trails app:
In seven months, over $3,900 has been raised through crowd-funding. Ultimately, at least $7,000 is needed to engage a developer and begin the coding process for the app. Any amount raised over $7,000 will allow for additional features, more "trails," and additional locations in the first version of the app.
Ways you can advertise and team up with historic sites
Based on interest, I propose adding two additional trails: A historic lodging trail and a historic food and wine trail. Each of these will be independent trails that the user can click on, just like the Revolutionary War trail or the lighthouse trail. Additionally, businesses located near historic sites have the opportunity to be listed as a recommended restaurant, bed and breakfast, etc.
So what are the costs?
To help reach the initial goal of $7,000 to produce the app, I am offering several levels of participation and sponsorship:
Gold Level – Naming rights to a trail. For example, the “Joe Smith Tavern” Revolutionary War Trail. – $1,000.00 (also available to individuals and other businesses in addition to lodging, food, and wine establishments)
Silver Level – Listing on the historic lodging or food and wine trail, which includes name and address of business, contact information, web site link, three photos, and a description/history AND listing on up to two (2) nearby historic sites as a recommended business. – $750.00
Bronze Level – Listing on the historic lodging or food and wine trail, which includes name and address of business, contact information, web site link, three photos, and a description/history – $500.00
These are one-time introductory fees in order to raise the capital funding to produce the app. Once the app is launched, businesses in these categories will still have the opportunity to join, but will need to renew yearly. Your investment today is a permanent listing. To find out more, e-mail email@example.com.
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-The History Girl