Anthropology Students Create Historical Geocache Trail

Posted on 6/16/2017 3:17:30 PM

The Department of Anthropology is excited to announce the opening event for the Adventure Learning Trail, a historical geocache trail created by IUP anthropology students. The event will be held Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. at the IRMC Park and is free and open to all.

The ALT follows the existing WalkWorks route, and, as participants geocache important historic sites in beautiful downtown Indiana, they can learn about Indiana’s history and listen to the voices of long-time residents, or “memory-keepers,” recalling their experiences growing up in Indiana, Pennsylvania. The objective of the ALT is to encourage community engagement with our rich history in Indiana County.

The ALT is the product of a successful collaboration linking the intellectual and creative resources of Abigail Adams’s IUP anthropology students with community partners through the creation of a sustainable community program which will provide educational resources for the larger public.

Adams’s students recorded oral histories of long-time residents of Indiana, including Mayor George Hood, Larabel “Jane” Blue, Jean Williams, and Shirley Risinger, to preserve their memories of growing up in Indiana. These memory-keepers of our community will be in attendance at the opening event, along with several speakers who will present and launch the ALT. Materials will be distributed to introduce beginners to the world of geocaching.

More information is available on the Indiana County Walking Decathlon Facebook page and the Indiana County Office of Planning and Development’s website. Specific questions should be directed to Abigail Adams at aadams@iup.edu

Adventure Learning Trail Flyer