Explore Illinois history with new
‘Experience History’ app offers
information on every historic site, allows visitors to make
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[March 02, 2017]
– A new app from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency offers
information and photos that will help visitors get the most from
their trips to state historic sites.
The ‘Experience History’ app also allows history fans to support
Illinois’ historic sites with digital donations, an option that has
been added to the agency’s website, too.
“Our sites bring Illinois history to life, and we want people to
enjoy them as much as possible. This is a great example of using
innovation to celebrate Illinois’ rich history in a contemporary
format,” said Heidi Brown-McCreery, director of the Illinois
Historic Preservation Agency.
“In a time when people are less likely to carry cash, it gives them
a convenient way to show their support and appreciation for a site
by making a donation,” Brown-McCreery added.
The app can be downloaded by visiting the Apple Store or by
searching ‘historic sites of Illinois’ within iTunes.
The Android version can be found at Google Play by searching for ‘IHPA.’
It features a list of all historic sites, a link to the agency
events calendar, multiple photos of each site and background
information on each one. Even more features will be added in later
The app was developed in conjunction with the Illinois Student
Assistance Commission and the Illinois Department of Innovation and
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“We are pleased to be part of improving technology for the Illinois Historic
Preservation Agency, so they can enhance their interactions with the public,”
said Hardik Bhatt, Department of Innovation & Technology (DoIT) secretary
designate and state CIO. “As a component of the Going Mobile in Illinois
initiative, the new mobile app brings ease of navigation to find, visit, track
and enjoy the historic treasures across Illinois.”
IHPA’s new application features mobile payment integration, which will be used
increasingly for state sites. This capability allows payments to be made from
mobile devices to improve the ease and security of such transactions.
The option to donate digitally, both on the app and on the IHPA website, was
added with the assistance of the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office and its ePay
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