StoryWalk® Gives New Meaning to a Walk in the Park

Communities around the world are experiencing the delightful and fun effects of StoryWalk® installations.  The idea started trending in 2007, when it was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont. Over the past year, the viral concept inspired a surge of installations as people searched for safe ways to incorporate learning in non-traditional environments. StoryWalk® is an innovative and interactive way for readers of all ages to enjoy a story, exercise, and the outdoors all at the same time. 

Pannier Announces 2021 Photo Contest Winners

The Pannier 2021 Photo Contest was a huge success! When we opened submissions in May, dozens of fantastic photos came flooding in of Pannier products installed across the country. The photos featured beautiful scenery, excited onlookers, and even a gnome statue. For five days during the third week of August voting was open to the public to help select the top 12 photos. We collected and counted the votes and have the winners! Without further hesitation; here are the winners of the 2021 Photo Contest!

Interpretive Kiosks Enhance Learning along the Mission Trail

Beautiful historic places deserve beautiful signs that complement a region’s rich culture and environmental aesthetic. With this concept in mind, the most historic area of El Paso, Texas, recently updated three interpretive kiosks along the famous Mission Trail. This trail is a nine-mile segment of the 1598 El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, a 1,500-mile route linking Mexico City to northern New Mexico, which is the oldest European trade route in North America. The El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro was designated as a National Historic Trail in 2000. Sharing living cultural legacies, the interpretive kiosks provide a greater understanding of this historic portion of the trail in El Paso County.

Historical Signs Provide Constant Access to Virginia’s Past

Dating back to 1749, Fort Harrison, also known as The Daniel Harrison House, stands tall in the Shenandoah Valley. Passed down for centuries, this solidly-built limestone house is now owned by a non-profit organization called Fort Harrison, Inc. The organization restored and continuously maintains the old frontier house and recently installed historical signs to serve as constant teaching tools across the property.

Signage Solutions for Every Trail System

Pannier leads the way in the production of trail signs and markers because we understand that signage is about more than marking paths; it’s also about sharing and preserving the world’s most beautiful and irreplaceable areas. With various thicknesses, custom shapes, and framed or frameless options, we offer a wide range of products with infinite possibilities. No matter the signage need, Pannier has the solution.

New Interpretive Trail Signage for an Old-Growth Forest

Located just south of Charleston, West Virginia, Kanawha State Forest is a 9,000+ acre forest with over 25 miles of trails and many amenities for local and national visitors, including a beautiful old-growth tract of 1,350 acres. For over 30 years, the forest has been protected and preserved by the passionate volunteers of the Kanawha State Forest Foundation (KSFF). With about 150 members, the nonprofit organization completes numerous projects each year, and in 2020 they designed and installed new interpretive trail signage.

Pannier StoryWalk® Exhibits

Communities across the nation are experiencing the delightful and fun effects of StoryWalk® projects. This family-friendly activity involves reading a story as you follow the pages along a trail or path. The concept has been trending since it was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont in 2007 and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. StoryWalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.

Historical Wayside Exhibits Unveil the Stories of the “Secret City”

Every city has a story, but not every story contains the rich history and pivotal events like that of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Known commonly as the “Secret City,” Oak Ridge was the location of the World War II, top-secret Manhattan Project. The project site is now a National Historical Park, but only some parts remain accessible to the public. With a story like this one, the city set to work to share its origins and the global impact it had on the world, then and now.