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Historic Oakwood Cemetery's App Publishes Raleigh History

Calls Upon the Community to Submit Information about the Lives Lived in Raleigh

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Raleigh, NC — The history of the greater Raleigh community is in many ways buried in the past at Historic Oakwood Cemetery. The cemetery has recently launched a new mobile application and website to help uncover the memories and histories of the individuals resting in its grounds and publish them in a searchable history database on its website.

On the Apple and Android app markets you can download the cemetery's mobile app, or you can visit www.historicoakwoodcemetery.org to search the burial records and maps. The cemetery has been mapped in Google Maps so that visitors using the mobile app can have GPS navigation directly to the grave they are looking for, and view the memories, stories, photos and videos shared by friends and family. Submissions can be made through the memorial pages on the cemetery website.

The cemetery's mobile application also currently offers one walking tour of the notable and famous burials at the cemetery, including Jimmy V, the beloved head coach of the NC State Wolfpack Basketball Team. More tour routes will be offered as we move forward with the use of this phone app. "Now, we are asking local community members to contribute to this history project. We are welcoming anyone in the community to send us information or pictures of someone buried in our cemetery," said Robin Simonton, Executive Director. "Together, we can collect and preserve the history of our community. Every life story should be remembered."

"As visitors search our records on our new website, they share memories, stories and timeless photos on the memorial pages of their loved ones. Their submissions are published in our mobile app so that the story is geo-referenced to the physical grave space," said Simonton. "This new application is enabling families to connect with our cemetery in new ways, and is bringing our history to life. We have seen individual families and the community as a while benefit from this project, and we are working to see that it grows."

This project has also helped the cemetery computerize and streamline their office and field operations. The cemetery staff is using their internal Field Office mobile application to automate their inspections and work orders, and to access the office records from the field, and after over 100 years of working with paper records, the office staff has the ability to run reports and view digital maps.

Oakwood Cemetery's project to computerize their records and document the legacies of local community members is powered by webCemeteries.com, a cemetery technology company in Pennsylvania working with hundreds of cemeteries across the United States.

"I wanted others to get to know my wonderful son. He was too awesome not to share! I strive to keep his memory alive, and this program is a wonderful way to do it," says Pam Katchuk. "It means so much to me to visit the site and enjoy the memories that people share too. I am hoping lots of others will participate because I often wonder about who all the residents were. I would love to know their stories."

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