Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society Launches New Free App
A free mobile app, newly released by Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society for Apple and Android smartphones and tablets, provides a new way for residents and visitors to stay in touch with the community, explore the history and heritage attractions of our area, and take advantage of the learning resources offered by the Society.
The new app is available for download through Apple Store and Google Play Store, found by searching “Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society”.
With this app, users can interact with the Historical Society from anywhere in the world to keep up with breaking news, learn about Society activities and upcoming public programs, and add events-of-interest to their personal calendars.
App users can take self-led local history tours, or virtually visit Society facilities such as the History Museum at Mt. Baldhead or the Old School House in Douglas and its Back-In-Time Garden, even during the “off-season” and other times when these properties may be closed.
Among its variety of other functions, the app also allows users to peruse the Society’s permanent collection of artworks and growing archive of historical photographs, records and newspapers, view social media and YouTube videos of popular programming, even purchase SDHS books and videos or donate to this 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
The app was conceived by one of this summer’s S-DHS interns, Samuel Fitzpatrick, a senior at Central Michigan University, as a way to make the Society’s exhibits and programs more inviting to tech-savvy visitors.
During its development, the app blossomed into a more comprehensive mechanism with broader functionality and intuitive operation as Fitzpatrick collaborated with Society volunteer Julie Abel, who donated the time and talents of her Douglas firm JabberDesign to this project.
To learn more about the Historical Society, its Old School House History Center in Douglas and History Museum in Saugatuck, upcoming activities and volunteer opportunities, visit: www.sdhistoricalsociety.org.