ProjectWA helps highlight some of the lesser known aspects of Washington State history by crowdsourcing history from across the state to live in a smartphone app. In 2016, students from Lopez Island Middle School researched and documented the people, places and events they viewed as the most interesting and personally meaningful in Washington State history. That information now resides in a mobile app, Washington State Insider, created by the students using the 468 Field Trip platform from 468 Communications. The app – available now for Android phones and iPhones – is free for anybody to download.
Educators interested in incorporating ProjectWA into their history classes should contact Tim Fry (email@example.com).
Users of the app can collect points every time they physically visit a place that’s listed in the app. They can then redeem those points for discounted admission to the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma, Washington.
Preserving Historic Places
One goal of the Washington State Insider app is to raise awareness of often overlooked places in our state history. To that end, the Lopez students chose several of the state’s Most Endangered Historic Places to be highlighted in the app. For their final project, each student chose an endangered property on which to write a more in-depth blog entry for this site.
ProjectWA Summer Tour
In the summer of 2016, Tim Fry, who led the students through this quest and developed the Washington State Insider app, hit the road to visit the students’ locations and build on what they’d created. Tim and his family traveled more than 2000 miles around Washington State in a ProjectWA-branded RV on their own history quest. Along the way, Tim posted stories to this site and added more historic locations to the Washington State Insider app. Follow their journey on this blog and on Instagram.
Contribute to History
Museums or other organizations interested in incorporating their locations into Washington State Insider should contact Tim Fry (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The ProjectWA Road Team: Tim, Kristine, Henry and Ruby.