TROY — The project that Matthew Jackson developed for his Boy Scout Eagle Scout Award service project uses web-based technology to provide a self-guided tour of the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center, 301 W. Main Street.
Jackson rallied the help of other troop members to build stands that display QR codes for each of the rooms at the Hayner. Anyone with a smartphone QR code reader can check in to hear a brief message about the history and furnishings of each space.
“This moves us into the 21st century,” said Hayner Director Linda Lee Jolly. “Over the years, people have proposed several ways to do self-guided tours, but little happens at the Hayner Center until the right person with the initiative and enthusiasm comes along.”
Jackson, who had attended many Hayner activities in the past saw the need and had just the answer. He knew about the QR codes and all of the software programs and recording devices to make the project happen. Once the House Committee agreed to the design of the stands, he ran with it.
A longtime volunteer, Alan Kappers was selected to be the voice that would record the messages. The first message on the tour, which begins in the Hayner Study lasts about three minutes and offers information about the history, purpose and use of the Hayner Center. Messages in the other rooms offer brief details about the architecture and furnishings, many of which belonged to Mrs. Hayner.
Jackson began his Scouting career as a Cub Scout at age six. He is a member of troop #413 at Ginghamsburg Church. He has completed both the God and Country program and the National Youth Leadership Training program. A senior at Troy High School, Jackson plans to continue his education by studying Computer Science at Bowling Green State University.
The tour can be accessed at anytime during Hayner’s open hours, which are: Tuesday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1-5 p.m.; and Monday 6-9 p.m. There is no admission charge to visit the Hayner Center. More information about the Hayner Center and the programs being offered to the community can be found at www.TroyHayner.org or by calling (937) 339-0457.