The Council will consider accepting a grant of $15,000 from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) FY2022 Grant Agreement for the Lakeland Community Heritage Augmented Reality Tour.
The City will provide a cash match of $15,000 and a significant amount of in-kind services will be provided through volunteers and donated services from professionals such as genealogists and historians working with LCHP.
The project is expected to enhance the existing neighborhood walking tour by adding an augmented reality element with historical narrative, photographs, and oral histories of former Lakelanders. The first stage of the work entails developing new content for the tour and collecting, assessing, interpreting, and curating data such as property records, photographs, maps, and oral histories.
This is being accomplished through paid interns and volunteer community members. The second phase of the work will involve hiring technical consultants to transfer information to Metaverse software to create a free, accessible mobile app.
Physical markers with QR codes will be placed at heritage sites throughout the community, and visitors and residents will be able to scan the codes to experience the augmented reality tour through their mobile phones.