**Stay tuned for new developments in early November!**
We have some exciting news: with the help of all you Citizen Historians, we have reached over 80,000 building classifications! You have been working in the Keweenaw Time Traveler's three Builder Apps to Document Building Materials, Document Building Use, and Transcribe the Maps. Thank you! What are we doing with all of this information? Here is a special behind-the-scenes look:
All of this data helps to make the Explore App more exciting to use. The screenshot below shows its active development.
Here you can see a portion of the 1888 Houghton Sanborn Fire Insurance Plan. As an example, let's take a look at the firehouse selected in red. Perhaps you know it as the current site of the Continental Fire Co., an entertainment venue named after its original function.
The data table on the left shows the information currently available in the Explore App about the building—its address, map year and (thanks to your work in the Document Building Material App) its brick building material. The more information that Citizen Historians like you gather through the Builder Apps, the more will be available for you to explore. From there, the time traveling possibilities are endless.
Curious about other historic firehouses in the Keweenaw? Keep using the Transcribe App to type in historic handwriting from the maps, and soon you will be able to search for firehouses by name—and much more. Perhaps you know your relative worked in a 1920s bakery, but you aren't sure where? Or you want to find all the foundries in the region? The more Citizen Historians who volunteer their time online, the sooner these kinds of searches will become more rewarding and fun. Join us! Learn more here.