In the September 11 edition of the Sandwich Enterprise, I read the article “Town’s Historic District Signs Will Get Smarter, Prettier” with great interest. The article describes plans for the historic commission to add QR codes to historic signs in town that allow visitors to find more information about the area using a smartphone. My daughter, Shannon Saffle, accomplished a similar project in town as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award project several years ago. The Enterprise reported on Shannon’s project in its article “Sandwich Girl Scout Combines History, Treasure Hunting In Gold Award Effort” dated May 16, 2015.
For her project, Shannon selected 50-plus historic and popular commercial sites throughout Sandwich. At each of these sites, she posted a QR code and created a web page with a site description and pictures. She worked with former assistant town manager, Doug Lapp, the historical commission, and various business owners to obtain permission to place her stakes. Her handiwork is still visible around town at places like the library, the Hoxie House, and town hall. A full description of her project and the location of all the sites can be found at: https://sandwich-ma-geocaching.weebly.com/about-my-project.html.
Shortly after Shannon completed her project, we learned that the chamber of commerce in Virginia Beach had done something similar to promote tourism throughout its town. Sandwich, its historical commission, and its chamber of commerce can borrow, extend, and enhance Shannon’s previous work to encourage tourism and business in town.
James R. Saffle