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The Freedom Trail goes digital

Courtesy Boston CVB

BOSTON — A $45,000 grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council is enabling the Freedom Trail Foundation to bring the digital age to the Freedom Trail.

The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile red-brick walking trail that leads to 16 nationally significant historic sites in Boston, including museums, churches, meeting houses, burying grounds, parks, the USS Constitution and historic markers that tell the story of the American Revolution and beyond.

The foundation will digitize the historical content of the Granary Burying Ground for a smart-phone application and will create an official smart-phone application for the entire trail, bringing it into the 21st century without diluting the original story.

“History is big business in Boston and Massachusetts,” said Mimi La Camera, president of the Freedom Trail Foundation. “We can make it more fun and draw more visitors, both from Massachusetts and outside the state, by going digital. We’ll be taking the lead on the digital platform.”