QR codes will ID historic places

Lecompton QR Codes

Photo by Bridget Weishaar
Elaine Boose, member of the Lecompton Historical Society, works with the Windsor Hotel group on finishing their quilt block artwork. The childrens’ artwork, along with the QR codes will be placed on a PVC pipe at each historic location.


by Bridget Weishaar
Lecompton, the once Territorial Capital of Kansas in 1855, may have already been known for its historical sites, but that didn’t stop the fourth-graders in Sandy Gantz’s class from going one step further and bringing the quiet little town into the big virtual world.
For the past six weeks, the fourth-graders at Lecompton Elementary along with 15 volunteers from the Lecompton Historical Society, have been researching locations, gathering information and developing QR codes for the town’s historic sites. QR or quick response codes, are a two dimensional optical label that contains information about the item attached.
“Every year at this time we study Kansas history.  This year we decided to learn more about our own town,” Gantz said.
And so the idea for QR codes was formed.
With the help of historical society members, Gantz applied for and was issued a $250 community action grant from Thrivent Financial to help get the ball rolling.  Among the list of chosen locations were Constitution Hall, the Territorial Capital Museum, the Rowena Hotel, the Lecompton Post Office and even the ferry boat crossing.  There are 15 sites in all.
Once the QR codes are in place, visitors to the sites will be able to access the code from their smartphones for a virtual tour of each location.  The user will then be directed to a YouTube video designed by members of the fourth-grade class.
Some videos will include historic photos of the once operable site with a short history lesson given by the kids. Others will be re-enactment video clips made by the children themselves, such as the great bank robbery of 1925.
Gantz’s ending goal for the project is to have all the QR codes, along with quilt block artwork designed by the children, in place at all 15 locations by mid June. Just in time for the town’s Territorial Days.

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