Battlefield field apps help honor Gettysburg anniversary

06/27/2013 | St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Social media sites such as Foursquare and Facebook are changing how people experience history, with thousands "checking in" at historic sites or "liking" such sites on their online profiles. Besides these platforms, the Civil War Trust, a nonprofit battlefield preservation group, has released 11 mobile applications to help commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. Some tour guides say these tools can help fill the gaps when there are not enough guides, but they also appeal to students who enjoy using their mobile devices to learn about history, retired high-school history teacher Jim Percoco said.

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