NVC Newsletter

Minidoka Mobile App

March 2016, Volume 66, Issue 3

Minidoka NHS is excited to announce the release of its official mobile app!  2016 marks the Centennial of the National Park Service, and the launch of the NPS Minidoka mobile app answers one of the service-wide centennial challenges for each unit to go digital and continue to engage a changing public.

Released on February 19, 2016, the NPS Minidoka app will allow visitors to the site to take an interpretive walking tour without the assistance of a park ranger.  The NPS Minidoka app release coincides with Day of Remembrance, the annual observance of President Roosevelt’s February 19, 1942 signing of Executive Order 9066.

The app follows the site’s 1.6-mile walking trail, enhancing existing interpretation of both the current and historic landscape with information about the daily operations and living conditions at Minidoka.  The app offers historic photographs of camp and eighteen Densho videos of former incarcerees sharing their memories associated with different areas of the camp.  The app also provides GPS-enabled wayfinding to the 20 current points of interest.

For best results visitors may wish to download the app over wireless internet connections prior to their park visit, though park mobile connectivity and the small app size will accommodate on-site downloads as well.  Video content requires internet connection.

NPS Minidoka was created by Minidoka Student Conservation Association and AmeriCorps intern, Mia Russell, as part of her master’s thesis in Applied Historical Research for Boise State University.  Shearerbeard, LLC provided software design and development.  The app is currently available for use on iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, with added features and Android functionality slated for future development.  The Minidoka NHS app is available for free in the App Store.  Search “NPS Minidoka.”