Statewide Ohio Underground Railroad Tourism Program Underway
CINCINNATI – Electronic Art (www.ElectronicArt.com), an interactive agency specializing in custom kiosk software, kiosk hardware and integrated Web sites, recently installed interactive kiosks and custom-designed software at the Ohio Historical Society building in Columbus, Ohio, and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati.
These two kiosks are part of the “Passage to Freedom” initiative, which promotes tourism to historical sites throughout the state that relate to the Underground Railroad. Visitors can access detailed information about the site and its history using touch screen interfaces, simple navigation, and focused content. Electronic Art’s EasyShip XL model kiosks also showcase nearby points of interest and events to make a visit to the area complete.
Each kiosk is linked to the Web site www.passagetofreedomohio.com, and is constantly updated with the latest information about local and regional events, such as fairs, arts and cultural festivities, and children’s activities.
The first three kiosks were installed in Oberlin (at the Oberlin Inn), Zanesville (at the Zanesville Visitor Center) and in Ripley (at the Public Library) – each with several important Underground Railroad sites in their immediate vicinity. A sixth and final kiosk will be installed before the end of the year.
“Our EasyShip XL model kiosks were a perfect fit for this initiative because they provide a full size thermal printer to allow guests to print driving directions to nearby attractions when using the trip planning and mapping tools. That kiosk model also has a unique modern design that fits with the modern décor where they are installed,” said Tim Burke, President of Electronic Art.
To ensure there won’t be any disruptions during their continual use, the kiosks were installed with the ESP Digital QC Power Filter from www.RealPowerProtection.com, which is designed to protect digital equipment from phone, power and network catastrophic damage.
“This filter is a little bit of insurance to ensure that they will have fewer problems and require fewer field repair visits,” said Burke.
The campaign is the result of collaboration between the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the Ohio Department of Development’s Division of Tourism, and American Express.
About Electronic Art
Electronic Art (www.ElectronicArt.com) is a Cincinnati-based interactive agency specializing in custom kiosk software, kiosk hardware, digital signage and integrated Web sites. Electronic Art is providing strategic consulting while developing the Web site, kiosk interfaces, database and custom Ohio fabricated kiosks for the Passage To Freedom project.
About the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Located on the banks of the Ohio River in Cincinnati, the Freedom Center celebrates the legacy of courage and multicultural cooperation embodied in the story of the Underground Railroad. The museum uses a wide array of exhibits and programs to educate the public about the historic and continuing struggle to establish universal freedom in both the U.S. and around the world. For additional information, visit www.freedomcenter.org.
About the Ohio Tourism Division
As part of the Ohio Department of Development, the Division’s mission is to enhance Ohio’s economy by marketing the State’s unique travel and tourism opportunities and quality of life attributes. The Ohio Tourism Division is the premier source of information for travelers interested in engaging in Ohio’s vibrant tourism experiences. With an emphasis on family travel and multicultural experiences, Ohio offers travelers the ability to experience, first hand, the accomplishments of Ohioans who shaped and revolutionized the United States. From heroic Underground Railroad conductors to pioneers of aviation and space and ancient American Indian mounds to homes of U.S. Presidents, Ohio offers a wealth of sites that bring the stories of history and monumental achievements of Ohioans to life. Ohio travel information and publications are available online from www.DiscoverOhio.com or by calling 1-800-BUCKEYE.
About American Express
American Express Company (www.americanexpress.com) is a leading global payments, network and travel company founded in 1850. American Express Philanthropy makes grants in three major program areas: Cultural Heritage, Economic Independence and Community Service.