Expanding the project

The project could be expanded in a vareity of ways.  For example, more information about individuals, families, or additional maps may be added to the blog at any time.  In addition, based on user interest, we may add more links for more information and sources.  A continuing activity that may also be included is the use of a walking tour of River Street with an app. The app may expand upon some free podcasts that provide audio or visual walking tours. At some point in the future, we hope to incorporate the River Street oral histories at the Boise Public Archives and Research Library PARL conducted in the 1990s by Osa, there are some issues with living individuals and release forms that will have to be worked out in order for that to happen.  Some websites that provide free access to audio include: podguides.net, podcastalley.com, and itunes.com.  Other tours that may be of use include destination-specific guides, such as those found on iJourneys.com and Soundwalk.com.  There is also a new iPone app titled, GPSmyCity, which offers self-guided walking tours of more than 250 cities worldwide.  GPSmyCity may be used as a guide or model to create a walking tour of River Street. These apps would be great for the project because they may include sound to inform a visitor, or display a map to direct visitors to a specific building or area.  In order to develop a new app, it would take time to learn the technology required, or it may be expensive to hire someone to create it for you.

The biggest mental challenge to completing the project was the technological aspect.  That was really intimidating, but during the early stages it consisted of trying things out, seeing the product, and then making changes.  We would like to make our project bigger and better, there are things we wish we could do of course, but that will just take time and experience.  Thankfully the technology is getting easier for the novice; programmers have done all the work for us, we really just have to plug in the information and push a button.  Our advice for others is that, you don’t have to know a lot of programming languages to publish something simple online because there are valuable resources out there that will help with the process.

The real challenge was trying to trace or uncover histories that have been neglected.  For instance, trying to find historic photos of these homes and the people who lived in them was hard because they were not taken.  Our group had to uncover the past of individuals through piecemeal bits of information that included;  the Washington archives, the Basque museum, and from Pam Demo’s thesis for example, all relatively recent works.  There was no comprehensive history for these people.  The easiest part of our research was the economic and political environment (railroad, federal works projects, etc) that helped transform the physical landscape and demographic makeup of the community there.  Our advice to anyone else is to follow any lead, no matter how small, because there are bits of history just waiting to be found.


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