Visitors at Des Moines' Woodland Cemetery may now use their phones to watch short videos about some of the people whose names are memorialized on headstones.
- So far there are about 70 QR codes that link to videos recounting the lives of DSM pioneers.
Why it matters: The project helps document and preserve history.
Details: DSM filmmaker Kristine Bartley launched the Woodland History Quest project last year with a grant from the Iowa Arts Council.
- Each video is between 20 seconds and 3 1/2 minutes.
- DSM Parks and Recreation will also add the videos to their YouTube channel in coming weeks.
One example is the history of George Hanawalt, a doctor who treated some of the hundreds injured in DSM in "the great train wreck of 1877."
- Many of those injured were circus performers en route to a show, and Barnum & Bailey Circus later hosted a benefit performance to thank Hanawalt for his help.
- The proceeds built a medical center that later became Methodist Hospital.
Thought bubble: This innovative way to educate and remember our dead transforms the cemetery into an interactive, outdoor museum-like attraction.
What's next: A celebration for the opening of the Woodland History Quest is being held at 9:30am Saturday, at 2019 Woodland Ave.
- Bartley continues to work on the project and told Jason she welcomes contributors. If you're interested, you can reach her at [email protected] or 515-720-5361.
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