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Twitter post from Badlands National Park
Social Media in the Age of #Resistance

Social Media in the Age of #Resistance: Jimmy Grant, HRA

Cultural institutions have long recognized the value of a robust social media
presence. Whether using it as a tool to keep supporters updated on special events,
or as technology to bridge geographic divides, social media provides an efficient
platform to get a message out there for the world. In 2017, cultural institutions
demonstrated another important role of social media: advocacy.

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Upper Swan Valley Historical Society
How A Small Museum Used Next Exit History to Expand Its Audience

Nestled between the Mission and Swan mountain ranges in west-central Montana, the Upper Swan Valley Historical Society is expanding its outreach through Next Exit History.

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Kalispel Fishing Villge
Native Language and Tribal Heritage

Back in June, I wrote about the Pend Oreille Basin Heritage Project and the opportunities for using mobile technology to satisfy requirements of regulatory compliance or to serve as creative mitigation. A component of that work was collaborating with the Kalispel Indian Tribe in northeast Washington to both interpret their history and to do so in a way that recognizes the cultural significance of places and the ongoing preservation of the Salish language. This has much broader application than just including tribes as stakeholders in projects and throwing in a few Native American sites to broaden the sweep of historical interpretation: it can aid in the preservation of language and, in a dynamic way, provide tribal communities a way to both tell their stories through their own voices (literally) and promote heritage tourism in the process.

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Using Next Exit History for Events and Tours
Using Next Exit History for Events and Tours

The beauty of an app like Next Exit History lies in its flexibility. The ability to take a large network, add your own network and connect your content to others in a way that is valuable to both you as a site and app users. Flexibility helps to ensure that no matter your goals and how often they change, there are ways to incorporate the features of Next Exit History to make it work for you.

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Museum Sign
How a Small, Volunteer-Staffed Museum Expands its Reach

The Upper Swan Valley Historical Society in Condon, Montana operates a small, locally funded and staffed museum in West Central Montana. The Society has been in existence since 1988, but didn’t acquire its museum until 2011. Since then, the organization has collected artifacts and constructed displays about the valley’s Native American, Homesteading and Logging History in the main, log building. It also has collected and restored 5 additional, smaller structures and located them on the museum grounds.

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Historic Pensacola Village's Tour in the Next Exit History App
Planning Your Digital Interpretive Experience

Heritage organizations have an agenda. We want the public to discover historical and cultural sites and value the stories they tell. We also want visitors to support the preservation of cultural resources and the organizations that act as their stewards. While our agendas are certainly ambitious, well-planned interpretation can go a long way toward helping us succeed.

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Daydreaming of iBeacons
Daydreaming of iBeacons

One of the great adventures of working with technology is finding what uses lie beneath the original intended purposes. Besides getting to know the technologies and functions it posses, there are hours spent creating new and different ways to bring that technology to new groups to meet needs and serve groups of people potentially left out previously.

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An All American 4th of July
An All American 4th of July

Washington DC has its “Capital Fourth”. Boston has its "Pops" and outstanding fireworks over the Charles River from its Esplanade. Here in West Central Montana, we celebrate the holiday in an equally patriotic, if less extravagant manner.

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An Epic Journey Re-imagined
An Epic Journey Re-imagined

It took Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery two years, four months, and ten days to reach the Pacific Ocean after leaving their winter camp in St. Louis. Along the way, the group mapped and surveyed thousands of landmarks; made countless zoological and botanical discoveries; met with members from dozens of Native American tribes; and proved plausible the Jeffersonian ideal that the United States could one day stretch from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

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January 1994 issue of Telecommunications, 28(1), p. 116
The Tech Race: The Evolution of Mobile Technology

It seems like only yesterday (January of 2007 to be exact) that Steve Jobs stepped onto the stage of the Macworld Conference & Expo to announce to the world that Apple was releasing its most revolutionary product yet; the iPhone.

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