Want to tour the state Capitol? There’s an app for that

What with state budget cuts and all, it’s even tough to muster up a guide at the Capitol.

Fortunately, there’s an app for that.

Tim Crimmins, a professor of history at Georgia State University, has developed a free iPhone app that gives you a guided tour of the place — and access to the history that occurred right on the spot, from the three-governors fight of the late 1940s to Jimmy Carter’s declaration in 1970 that the time for racial discrimination in Georgia was over.

It’s perfect for teachers bringing their classes for a look-see at the sausage factory.

And, oh, that video. The app includes this rare news footage of Lester Maddox shoving away black attempts to be served at his restaurant – narrated by Monica Pearson of Channel 2 Action News :

Say you’re in the Capitol rotunda. Punch a few buttons, and you can see Eugene Talmadge lying in state. He died shortly after being elected to yet another term as governor in 1946, setting off one of Georgia’s more unusual struggles for power. Here’s the first part of the tale:

To draw down the app, go to the iTunes store and look for “Georgia Capitol Tour.”

Much of the content is drawn from a 2007 book on the history of the Capitol that Crimmins co-authored, “Democracy Restored.” The iPhone project was funded with a grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities, Crimmins said – and the help of grad student Chris Escobar.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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8 comments Add your comment

Scott Lange

October 6th, 2011
12:54 pm

But can you see the two-headed cow?

Dumb and Dumber

October 6th, 2011
1:28 pm

Is there a delete key I can push to make them all just go away?

I’d take an app for that — especially if it also works on the US Congress and the White House as well.


October 6th, 2011
3:43 pm

What does Lester Maddox’s restaurant activities have to do with a tour of the State Capitol?


October 6th, 2011
8:55 pm

is there an android app for it? More android phones out there than any other kind


October 6th, 2011
9:22 pm

Great question about Lester. When they mention MLK, does a list of all his girlfriends come up too?

Christopher Escobar

October 7th, 2011
11:10 am

joejoe, In the app, the Lester Maddox content is used as a backstory to set the context of why Carter’s election as Governor and what he proclaimed in his inauguration speech was so significant–namely that from one Governor to the next, Georgia had come a long way regarding race relations and that rather that electing someone who became famous for excluding African Americans, that they now elected one that stood for equality. This is the only video that wasn’t filmed at the capitol and instead is a re-edit of some raw WSB footage. It is also not its own stop, it’s an additional video to the stop of the Election of Governor Carter.

jm, We are working on an android app as well. This version, while it is stand alone, is essentially a pilot version created for an application that would include creating more stories and having all of the content available on android, and as a website. The grant would also allow for us to create an app kit that would be shared for free (just like the app) to make it easier for other organizations to make their own apps and tell their own stories.

Scott & Diehard, unfortunately not. Sorry.

Angela Escobar

October 7th, 2011
12:38 pm

Are you able to sign out an I phone to view the tour at the capital when you are there>

Christopher Escobar

October 9th, 2011
12:40 am

Not yet, but if we are able to receive the grant funding this was made for, we would have a limited number of ipod touch devices there for use in addition to include several more stories and videos to help tell the history as it has taken place at the state Capitol building.