Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society Launches Guide By Cell® Audio Tours
EASTON, Pa. (Tuesday, July 1, 2014) – Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society announces the launch of Guide By Cell® audio tours. Sponsored by the Air Products Foundation, these free audio tours on cell phones will enhance visitor experience for Sigal Museum patrons, and will also provide off-site tours of historic downtown Easton.
At the Sigal Museum, visitors have access to additional information on permanent exhibits through their cell phones, narrated by NCHGS volunteers. “Telling the stories behind our history engages visitors,” said Barbara Kowitz, NCHGS Executive Director. “Through these audio tours, artifacts and documents become more than visual objects in a museum, they are the centerpieces of history, and our storytellers truly bring that history to life.” A ball and chain is much more than an exhibit when Adam tells about his experience wearing these as punishment for stealing and a butter churn plays an important role in feeding Mary’s hungry children.
A carved wooden lectern stands on exhibit in the Sigal Museum with notation that it was used by the Rev. John Rosburgh. Now, by simply dialing a number on their cell phone, visitors will hear the story of Rev. John Rosburgh, who challenged the young men of his congregation to join the Revolution and take up arms against the British. Agreeing to enlist only if Rosburgh would be their commander, he led his parishioners off to war, and was killed by British forces just a few weeks later.
Rick Smith’s “Heart & Soil: Our Farms, Our Legacy,” photographic exhibit on Northampton County’s farms and farmers comes alive when visitors hear Smith speaking about his experiences with “Project Heart & Soil,” his camera, and the subjects of his photographs. Imagine a day so cold that a cell phone freezes, part of Smith’s story behind the photograph “Winter Cornfield.
Visitors to the Sigal Museum can also get information on a walking tour of Easton’s historic Centre Square. Researched and narrated by local historian Richard Hope, this tour provides information on the Civil War Monument and nine buildings located in the quadrants of Centre Square. Hope shares the story of James Madison Porter, one of the founders of Lafayette College and a U.S. Secretary of War, and his connection to the Easton’s early skyscrapers, the Alpha Building.
Other soon to be completed off-site projects include a walking tour of Millionaire’s Row, done by Richard Hope, and a walking tour of the historic house museums of NCHGS: the 1753 Bachmann Publick House, the Jacob Nicholas House, and the Mixsell-Illick House.
About Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society
The Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society was established in 1906 and continues to serve Northampton County PA and researchers throughout the world, by preserving, showcasing, exhibiting, and interpreting its more than 60,000 collection items. The Society maintains four locations in Easton, PA – the Mixsell House Museum at 4th and Ferry Streets, the Jacob Nicholas House Museum at 5th & Ferry Streets, the 1753 Bachmann Publick House at 2nd & Northampton Streets, and the Sigal Museum at 342 Northampton Street. The Jane S. Moyer Library for Local & Genealogical Research is located at the Sigal Museum.
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