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July 20, 2012

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Georgia College Special Collections’ new online and mobile app tour, Historic Georgia College Tour, allows users to help document the university’s history digitally.

Historic Georgia College Tour features before and after photos, maps, virtual tours and brief descriptions about campus locations, telling the story of Georgia College as if walking through time.

“This tour navigates 19 historical locations on campus in a fun, interactive way, including mobile capabilities for smartphones,” said Kate Pope, archival associate in Special Collections. “It’s an ever-changing product where users can add information and pictures to make the tour truly their experience.”

The tour is offered through Special Collections’ website and mobile app Historypin, a project by Google that creates a virtual archive of photos, videos and content.

Historypin also incorporates mapping program Google Earth, which Special Collections used to create the digital tour of campus.

Traveling as far back as 1889 when Georgia College served as public women’s college Georgia Normal & Industrial College, the tour provides the history and development of campus buildings, centers, sites and halls.

Familiar campus structures of the tour include Atkinson Hall, Old Governor’s Mansion, Russell Auditorium, Herty Hall and William Heard Kilpatrick Education Center.

“We encourage users to add pins directly to the tour map to document campus places or contact Special Collections to send historical photographs, information and ideas,” Pope said. “The tour really allows users to take an active role in preserving our institution’s history and provides classes with another beneficial tool to study our changing architecture and landscape.”

Access the online tour by visiting and clicking on the Historypin social media icon.

Access the mobile tour by downloading the Historypin application, clicking the Georgia College Special Collections channel then selecting “Tours.”

For more information contact Kate Pope at or 478-445-0074.

ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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For more information, contact University Communications at (478) 445-4477.