Cumberland County wants to enhance an already award-winning program linked to its historical tourism attractions.

The county is applying for a $10,760 grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission that would allow it to add interior photos of those attractions onto its West Jersey Time Traveler program.

The program involves a series of audio podcasts that profile 15 sites. Those sites include churches, taverns and what county officials say might be the oldest Swedish granary in the United States.

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Each site involved in the program, a project of the Cumberland County Cultural & Heritage Commission, has a sign that includes a special visual symbol called a QR code. Visitors with smartphones and a free QR code reader app can point the phone's camera at the sign and the audio podcast specific to that site will load within seconds. The visitor taps the "play" button to listen to a 3- to 5-minute podcast.

For those who cannot visit the sites in person and who do not have a smartphone, the podcasts and other information and photographs can be found at

The West Jersey Time Traveler program recently won the Leadership in History Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History.

The honor was one of 84 national awards given out by the organization this year. Only two were awarded for projects in New Jersey.

The decision to apply for the grant money was approved recently by the Cumberland County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

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