MEDINA — Local history is now a finger’s touch away.
Medina High School students in the advanced placement U.S. history class introduced the Medina Historical application, or “app,” Friday by sharing stories about the city’s roots.
The application can be downloaded to communication devices, such as cell phones or iPads.
“This app is to entice you, draw you in and to want more information about Medina,” said junior Jacob Patterson during a story presentation about A.I. Root, the founder of Root Candles.
Forty-six of Shannon Conley’s history students formed teams of three to research Medina history as their final class project.
They presented summaries of their stories Friday morning to an audience of area residents and fellow students in the high school auditorium.
Presentations included narratives about people and points of interest, such as the Medina firehouse, the Munson House, Public Square, Cooley Fountain, H.G. Blake, Cora Munson and Root.
Over two weeks, students conducted interviews with historians about local landmarks, Conley said. They also talked to family members and gathered information online.
They compiled the data, old photos and audio clips from the interviews and posted them online.
Students received more than a grade for the efforts, Conley said.
“Our students were able to find out about the uniqueness and diversity of Medina and it being a special place,” she said.
Juniors Lizzie Minotti, Josh Halstead and Chris Sabatta said they learned how three major fires convinced City Council to build the Medina firehouse in 1878.
The Medina Historical app is free to download and was built by Mark Tebeau, a history professor at Cleveland State University with assistance from the college’s Center for Public History, Digital Humanities.
“The hope is for people to discover Medina through you,” Tebeau told the students Friday in his opening remarks.
Medina Historical is owned and operated by Medina Schools. Grant money paid for Tebeau’s advice and technical skills in constructing the application, Conley said. Existing school software is used to maintain and add to the application.
There are 19 stories available on Medina Historical, which also can be accessed via www.discovermedina.org, Conley said. People interested in downloading the application to their iPad or cell phone should visit the Apple store and search for “Medina Historical.”
Conley said she hopes to have between 150 and 200 stories listed under the application by June 2013.
Contact Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4012 or firstname.lastname@example.org.