"Electronic Plaque" Program
QR Codes and River Forest
An Eagle Scout Project by Tom Jozefowicz
This pilot project began last spring as the Eagle Scout Project of River Forest resident Tom Jozefowicz, a Life Scout in River Forest's Boy Scout Troop 65, and 2013 graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School. The project is being done in association with The Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest.
In the Village of River Forest, there is currently no easy way for people to learn about various historical landmarks and various historical structures. The lack of easily accessible books and internet information is a real problem for residents, tourists, and others who want to learn more about the various historical structures in River Forest. This project solves this problem and will provide information that everyone can access. Jozefowicz arranged to place QR (quick response) code plaques at various historical buildings in River Forest. When scanned by any smartphone, these plaques take the user to a web page that Jozefowicz made about that specific historical building. This allows people to learn more about the historical buildings that they are standing in front of. The webpages that Jozefowicz made are a part of the Historical Society's website, and can be accessed from any computer around the world.
The historical buildings that will are included in this project include the following:
The River Forest Public Library
The River Forest Tennis Club
St. Luke Parish
Grace Lutheran Church
Roosevelt Middle School
The Harlem School Building (District 90 Administration Building)
The Trailside Museum
*The Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest plans to work with the Oak Park Historic Preservation Commission on extending this program to Oak Park in 2014 and beyond. If you would like to get involved in this effort, please call Frank Lipo at 708-848-6755 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Jozefowicz is a 2013 graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School. Jozefowicz has been actively involved in scouting since he was in second grade