Rhode Tour is a statewide mobile historical smartphone application that tells stories by and about Rhode Islanders. A joint initiative of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, Brown University’s John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, and the Rhode Island Historical Society, Rhode Tour brings mapping technology, sound, images, videos and well-told stories together to engage us in learning about the places we live, work, visit—or perhaps simply pass by—in Rhode Island.
For the initial phase of Rhode Tour, participating organizations and people include the Urban Pond Procession, Slater Mill, the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society, the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project, Sandra Enos of Bryant University, and students and faculty of Brown’s Public Humanities MA program. The Council, the Center, and RIHS hope to further develop this app with statewide heritage and cultural producers to make Rhode Tour a premiere source for locally produced, place-based history tours that represent the flavor and diversity of Rhode Island and incorporate the state’s robust academic and scholarly communities. In telling Rhode Island stories, Rhode Tour is about the power of place, including archaeology, the environment, race and ethnicity, manufacturing, and social issues.
Visit rhodetour.org to take a thematic tour on your computer, or download the mobile app from the App Store or Google Play for a new kind of Rhode Island guidebook.