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New Helena Walking Tour app provides window to the past

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The new Helena Walking Tour app for mobile devices allows Helena residents and visitors to peer through a window to the past.

Sticker spots scattered on sidewalks throughout town indicate where an augmented reality historic photo can be viewed. 

The app currently features 12 historic photo spots with more in the works to be released next spring. 

With each picture, there is also a complimentary narrative about the history of the area by Dr. Ellen Baumler of the Montana Historical Society.

According to Interim Executive Director of the Helena Tourism Alliance Anna Strange, it’s amazing how much is in the new app.

"It’s a powerful tool to be able to learn more about where you live and any time I see someone using it or talked to some who has used it, they’re blown away by the information that’s available in there," Strange said. 

The app was developed by 2017 Helena High School graduates Sam Luther and Bernard Kintzing with leadership from Cory Albright of 52 Sierra.

The App was funded by the Helena Tourism Business Improvement District and the historic images were donated by the Montana Historical Society, Lewis & Clark County Historic Preservation Commission, and other private collectors. 

The program is available on both Apple and Android through Google Play and the IOS App Store.

A launch party will be held on Thursday, October 12 at 3 p.m. at the Montana Club and will feature a guided tour with the app beginning at 4:15 p.m.

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