Everyone here at the Keweenaw Time Traveler would like to congratulate Antonia Burich for all of her hard work on the "Document Building Use" app. Antonia is our most dedicated citizen historian, having classified thousands of buildings! She classified 11,654 buildings for our May 2020 giveaway. Thank you Antonia for all of your commitment to the Keweenaw Time Traveler. Your work is an invaluable addition to the historical data we hope to share with the world.
The Keweenaw Time Traveler was recently awarded a Heritage Grant from the Advisory Commission of the Keweenaw National Historical Park. Funds will go towards improving the online interface in the Explore App so you can more easily find information and stories. In addition, more data sources will be made available in the Time Traveler, including census and historical school records. A big thank you to the Keweenaw National Historical Park and our collaborators at the Michigan Tech Archives for helping to make it even easier to explore the history of the Copper Country. Check back in to our blog in the coming year for more improvements!
Congrats to HESAL Research Associate Tim Stone for winning two awards at the 2020 Department of Social Sciences Graduation Celebration:
Tim was awarded the 2020 Department Scholar award for his ongoing research and scholarship on historical children's health in industrial communities.
Tim was a co-winner of the Community-Based Research Prize for his work on the 2019 Safe Routes to School Project.
Watch the ceremony below.
Is boredom building in your house? Pass the time with the Keweenaw Time Traveler! You can explore old maps of the Copper Country and transcribe hand-written details about the historic buildings you find. The information that "Citizen Historians" like you provide goes straight into the Explore App, where anyone can explore individual information about Copper Country residents from early twentieth-century city directories and business directories. Use the "Document Building Use" app and the "Transcribe the Map" app to help add data. The "Document Building Materials" app has already been completed—Thank you! To read more about these apps and how Citizen Historians have helped the Keweenaw Time Traveler, check out an earlier blog post.
This April we have relaunched #TuesdayUseDay and #TranscriptionThursday on Facebook and Twitter, and have seen an increase of up to 608 new transcriptions in one week! This work is providing valuable information that researchers and the public can use to understand the historic Copper Country's people and places. With transcription numbers skyrocketing, we want to challenge you to transcribe or document buildings in order to win Keweenaw Time Traveler prizes! If you transcribe 100 buildings we will send you a Keweenaw Time Traveler themed magnet, and if you transcribe 200 buildings we will send you a Keweenaw Time Traveler themed mug. Just send us a screenshot on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize. This Citizen Historian Giveaway will end on Thursday, May 28.
Please note that the building counter will reset if you navigate away from the page. You can take screenshots of the counter as you go and send them once they add up to 100. Additionally, any prizes won will be disinfected before being mailed. Feel free to ask for more information when sending your screenshots.