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By: Bill Steckis Email
By: Bill Steckis Email

It's a pilot program that transports the past to the present at Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln.

"The possibilities are endless," said Bill Lopez who teaches a masters level education course at the University of Nebraska Lincoln.

"There are more than 55 thousand souls buried here in Wyuka and every one has a story to tell," said Lopez.

His students are not placing flowers at grave sites, they are placing QR (quick response) codes.

"Why not have Q-R codes where people can take their own tour of the cemetery just by scanning their Smart Phones to the Q-R codes," said Lopez.

The technology sounds complicated, but the process is easy, scan a Smartphone to the QR code and read the information.

"The students have been uploading all of the information and so a visitor scans it and it takes them to the student's websites with all the information on the person or the family," said Lopez.

"And we found our information using ancestry.com and by also using the Nebraska Archives. So it was pretty interesting," said Katie Mohr who is a student of the course.

Students will use the technology in future classrooms.

"We are using a lot of I-pads and other technology and this is another great way to incorporate technology and history for the students," said Teresa Ulrich, who is a student of the course.

"We are learning ways to apply it in the classroom for when we become teachers which is really exciting," said Carly Weber who is a student of the course.

"I envision students all over the country adopting cemeteries like we adopt highways. Each student tries to find out more about the history of the people in there," said Lopez.

So present day technology, makes it possible for the future to reveal the past more accessibly.


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