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Creating a Historic Walking Tour

Watch a video about this winning project from a 2017 AARP Community Challenge grantee

LOCATION: Wichita, Louisiana
GRANTEE: Wichita Public Library Foundation

The Wichita Public Library and Bike Walk Wichita joined forces to launch three walking tours that are accessed through a smartphone app. It’s all about inspiring curiosity in people about their hometown. According to Jeff Flor of the Downtown Development Corporation, Wichita has a lot of stories to tell — be they about the drugstore sit-in during the Civil Rights movement or the now-gone Victory Arch honoring World War I soldiers. To promote the app, library staff and volunteers participated in an open streets festival while wearing t-shirts with the message “Ask me how to travel time.”

The AARP Community Challenge funds “quick-action” projects that build momentum for local change to improve livability for people of all ages.

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