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Pend Oreille Basin Heritage: Mobile Technology for Regulatory Compliance
Pend Oreille Basin Heritage: Mobile Technology for Regulatory Compliance

What do you think of when you hear the term “historical interpretation”? Perhaps a roadside sign? A brochure? Maybe a website? If so, you’re not alone. But in a world where the majority of Americans own smartphones and use their mobile devices to learn about history and culture, it’s critical that we rethink the means by which we convey information related to history and heritage sites. This is why when the Pend Oreille County Public Utility District (PUD) in northeast Washington State reached out to us a few years ago to develop 21st century tools to interpret the history of rural Pend Oreille County, we suggested the Next Exit History mobile app.

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Reservations Over Preservation in Downtown Missoula
Reservations Over Preservation in Downtown Missoula

We are going to need to update a historic site from the Next Exit History database. The 140 year-old Missoula Mercantile Building, an icon in the heart of downtown Missoula, Montana, will soon be “deconstructed” – well, actually, demolished.

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