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Combine interesting stories, video and a smart phone, and you have the makings of an inter-active history lesson about the city of Coon Rapids! The Coon Rapids Historical Commission recently completed a project which incorporates multi-media and QR code technology.
Five videos have been created, detailing the history behind five key locations in the city: The Coon Rapids Dam, The Clay Hole, The Dunn House, Joyce Chapel and The Brick Chimney. The videos were produced, in partnership, by the Coon Rapids Historical Commission and CTN-Coon Rapids, the City of Coon Rapids Cable Television Department. The videos are available for viewing on YouTube, through the City’s website and are easily accessible on a smart phone thanks to QR code technology. QR codes are designed to help users access information quickly by scanning a specially designed code which takes them to specific information. The QR codes for the Historical Commission’s videos are linked to the YouTube web address of each video.
The QR codes are currently placed on a specially designed sign located on the wall of the Coon Rapids Civic Center (located within City Hall), next to a historical mural. The mural details many different historical locations within the city. While the mural is a beautiful remembrance of what “used to be” in Coon Rapids, the QR Code Videos incorporate both images of the past with images of these historical locations today. Combining music, imagery and the narration of Lyle Goff, Historical Commission member, the videos bring Coon Rapids history to life.
Bob Powell, Chairperson of the Coon Rapids Historical Commission says, “This QR Code Video project is a unique way to bring the city’s history alive in a high-tech way…especially for young people. With a quick scan of the QR code, anyone using a smart phone can learn a little bit of the history of Coon Rapids. We want residents and visitors to enjoy this inter-active display, which will continue to expand over the coming years.”
The QR codes are also placed on historical marker signs in the community, allowing visitors to access the videos with their smart phones if they are out on a walk.
Lyle Goff, Historical Commission member and host and narrator of the videos says, “I enjoyed participating in the filming and production of this project. I hope people enjoy this inter-active history lesson, showcasing some of the most unique historical places in our community.”
The Coon Rapids Lions Club provided a generous donation to the Coon Rapids Historical Commission for the purchase of the QR code video signs. Special thanks should also be extended to CTN-Coon Rapids Community Television Network for the video production and all members of the Coon Rapids Historical Commission who helped write the video scripts, and fact-check the information from historical archives.