Friends of Minidoka has updated and rebranded the Minidoka mobile app, adding Japanese and Spanish language accessibility and Android use. The app follows the site’s 1.6 mile walking trail, enhancing interpretation of both current and historic structures and the landscape with information about the daily operations and living conditions of the Minidoka War Relocation Center, known to local communities as “Hunt Camp.” The app offers historic photographs as well as videos of former incarcerees sharing their memories associated with different areas of the camp. It also provides GPS-enabled wayfinding to the 20 points of interest.
To allow the public to access the app for self-guided tours, Friends of Minidoka also established public wifi access and a rental set of iPad devices for visitors and school groups, which will be available for check-out beginning next summer. This was accomplished in part through a grant from the National Park Service Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program.
Minidoka NHS is currently available in the App Store for use on iOS devices, and in the Google Play store for Android devices. Search “Minidoka NHS.”