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The Louie's Legacy Project

The South Campus QR Code District

Louie's Legacy: The South Campus QR Code District is the third phase of the Mountain Campus QR Code Project, completed in 2016 through a collaborative effort of the Northern Arizona University (NAU) History department, its third Public History class, and Cline Library Special Collections and Archives. Over the spring 2016 semester, seven M.A. public history students, their professor, and a digital archivist identified more than thirty sites on NAU's South Campus--the original 1970s South Campus Academic Center--plus another thirty recently constructed objects around campus, and researched their histories and found unique photographs, oral histories, and original news stories about each site . The students then wrote and installed the data to web sites accessible by using a smart phone or tablet to scan QR code stickers placed on the front doors of buildings in the district. Additional information on "nearby objects," such as art work, is available through links on each page. A list of cross-reference "tags" provided for each object, such as "vanished campus" or "memorials and public art," allows visitors to construct unique thematic tours as well. The result combines history and cutting-edge technology to allow everyone with a mobile device to create their own personal, self-guided digital tour of South Campus.