The City of Norman, in collaboration with the City of Norman’s Historic District Commission, has launched the Historic Norman Tour app that allows a self-guided tour of 23 historic structures, including 16 sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
“The Norman Historic tour is designed to begin at the Moore-Lindsey Historical House Museum and end near the University of Oklahoma campus,” said Anais Starr, Historic Preservation Officer for the City of Norman. “However, participants can start the app at any location near them. Each location has an audio and written narration, as well as a map with the ability to click for directions to the site.”
Interested parties may download the app at no cost through the Apple App Store or through Google Play: Norman Historic Tour App & Information.
Funding for the app has been made possible by federal funds from the National Park Service and U.S. Department of the Interior, and has been in the works since 2023.
“Historic preservation connects citizens with their past,” Starr said, emphasizing the educational component of the newly launched application. “When citizens understand their past, it helps identify what is important in their town and inspires a sense of community. Historic preservation programs – such as this app – create opportunities for learning the when, how and why of a city. Most people may not realize we are utilizing historic structures on a daily basis around Norman, such as the amphitheater in Andrews Park.”
The app is powered by STQRY App. Individuals can search Historic Norman on STQRY, then proceed with the tour.
Norman’s Historic District Commission serves as the City Council’s official historic preservation advisory body to identify, protect and educate the public about local historic resources. The commission is comprised of nine members, who serve 3-year terms. Learn more at Normanok.gov.