Parkridge Barber Home House Tour 2013

I enjoyed seeing the handmade signs and details Lynne researched.

I felt somewhat guilty banging on the beautifully crafted sign posts with a sledgehammer.

I want to suggest an idea for the group to consider.

The idea is to have permanent walking tour markers indicating the historic Barber homes that would be visible year-round.

As a fan of history and technology enthusiast, personally I’d like to see some basic info on the permanent signs accompanied by a QR (Quick Reader) code linked to a more detailed online (perhaps blog) entry for each home. If you’ve been to Mead’s Quarry at Ijams, this is a way it’s done. More on the topic here:

From a conference for wildlife agencies I attended a while ago, I know of a company in New York that prints custom signs for outdoor use on a variety of materials including aluminum, plastic of various gauges, and even self-adhesive reflective colors.

I have some samples at my house if anyone would like to see them, but the best place to see the products is on their site:

I don’t know what it might cost, it would depend on the materials and design.

I know the neighborhood has always wanted nice banners – perhaps someday we can DIY some screen-printed banners.

For now however, I think this would be an easy, economical way to communicate the historic character and sense of community to the entire neighborhood.

I was also wondering if there were grants to fund something like this:

I found this page:

Perhaps there is something that could be applied for.



About Tanner Jessel

I am a recent M.S. in Information Science graduate from the University of Tennessee School of Information Science. I was formerly a graduate research assistant funded by DataONE (Data Observation Network for Earth). Prior, I worked for four years as a content lead and biodiversity scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey's Biodiversity Informatics Program. Building on my work experience in biodiversity and environmental informatics, my work with DataONE focused on exploring the nature of scientific collaborations necessary for scientific inquiry. I also conducted research concerning user experience and usability, and assisted in development of member nodes with an emphasis on spatial data and infrastructure. I assisted with research designed to understand sociocultural issues within collaborative research communities. Through August 1, 2014, I was based at the Center for Information and Communication Studies at the University of Tennessee School of Information Science in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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