Dr. Arnold and Dr. Lafreniere showed many of these local buildings (such as the Copper Country Curling Club) and discussed the various levels of attention and assistance they get for preservation before introducing how projects like the Keweenaw Time Traveler can help! By having a detailed record of the built landscape, we can easily and accurately assess historic value and tell the stories of the buildings that continue to shape our communities!
This Friday, Dr. Don Lafreniere (Project Director) presented the Keweenaw Time Traveler at Northern Michigan University (available here). NMU puts on an annual event, called the Sonderegger Symposium, which focuses on the social aspects (and challenges) of the Upper Peninsula. While there, Dr. Lafreniere discussed the creation of the Time Traveler and its importance for helping local history come to life through historical maps and data linkages. The next phase of the project, which we are incredibly excited about, involves bringing our methods and lessons learned to other communities and helping jumpstart similar projects. He was also able to demonstrate how to use the Time Traveler, with all the different types of maps and data available.
Time Travelers James Juip and Timothy Stone completed successful defenses in early November.
James, defending his Ph.D. proposal, shared his vision for using deep maps to help generate engagement with local history. Using platforms such as the Keweenaw Time Traveler, James hopes to help communities and community members take ownership of their history and provide them with a means to preserve and share their stories and memories.
Timothy, defending his Master’s thesis, discussed his work with the Calumet and Laurium school records and how he used them to study local children’s environmental exposures from 1920. He presented a methodology for incorporating children’s data into an existing HSDI and argued that research on children’s exposures should focus on all activity spaces, rather than just exposures at home.
Sharing Copper Country Heritage
Join us in exploring the Keweenaw! Every Friday (#FindMeFriday) the KeTT Team will head out to unique place in the Keweenaw. We will post a screenshot of our location using the new Mobile Storytelling App. Guess where we were in the comments below each Facebook post! What's the catch? The locations we share will be shown on top of one of the many historic maps contained in the App. Answers will be posted on Facebook on Monday (#MappedMonday)! Bonus points to anyone who shares a picture in the same spot we were!
As always we encourage everyone to share their stories and memories with us at www.keweenawhistory.com!
This week Time Travelers Gary Spikberg, Brooke Batterson, and Sarah Scarlett presented their work at a conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba hosted by the Three Centuries of Francophone Migration in North America (1640-1940) project (Which the Keweenaw Time Traveler is a partner).
Gary presented his work entitled The French-Canadian Migration Experience in the Keweenaw. His work mapped the outmigration of French-Canadians from the Keweenaw as the region deindustrialized from 1910-1940. The map below shows where the majority of French-Canadians migrated to, largely the industrial cities of the Great Lakes Region.
Sarah and Brooke presented their work entitled "Materializing Social Mobility in the Houses of Francophone Migrants in Michigan's Copper Country". In their work they highlight how to use homes as a way of understanding how socially mobile (ie- better off) Francophone's were when they arrived in the Keweenaw versus where they came from. Brooke discussed her oral history project where she has been conducting interviews with French-Canadian descendants with the help of the Chassell Heritage Organization to understand how the French language has disappeared in local families over time.
We look forward to the stories and memories you share with us as you travel through the beautiful Copper Country we call home.
This week, Don Lafreniere (Project Director) traveled to Ghent, Belgium to present at the Spatial Humanities Conference. He was able to introduce the Keweenaw Time Traveler to many European researchers, including the contributions of citizen historians and how it can be used both for storytelling and research in the humanities and social sciences.
This was also a time to look forward to what’s coming next! We’re continuing to work with local schools to bring local history to life, both by creating curriculum for teachers to use and by putting on a Summer Youth Program (SYP) this summer focused around Time Traveler stories! Finally, in the upcoming months we plan to launch a mobile version of the Explore App and begin a webinar series for other communities to learn about (and replicate) our process!
From August 28th through September 3rd the Keweenaw Time Traveler team and members of Michigan Technological University's Social Sciences Department attended The International Committee for the Conservation of Industrial Heritage Conference in Montreal. Presentations included: Big-data geospatial heritage infrastructures and industrial heritage by Dr. Dan Trepal, Dr. Don Lafreniere, Dr. Sarah F. Scarlett, and Dr. Timothy Scarlett; Company suburbs: how pastoral ideas and real estate investment extended corporate hierarchies into neighborhoods that continue to define North American Cities by Dr. Sarah F. Scarlett; and Scalar sustainability in UNESCO's industrial heritage: community geographies of the slate landscapes of Northwest Wales by Dr. Mark Allan Rhodes, Brooke Batterson, Dr. Kathryn Hannum, James Juip, Larissa Juip, Zoe Ketola, Timothy Maze, and Wandipa Mualefhe.
The KeTT team was missing Pastyfest 2022 here in Wales. So, Travelers Timothy Stone and James Juip stopped into the Sygun Copper Mine and tried three different types of Welsh pasties. Share your favorite pasties and recipes with us on the Explore App with our Story feature!
It was amazing to learn that the copper at Sygun was very different than our native copper in the Keweenaw. This made the mining process and the work done very different than the process we learned about when we visited the Quincy mine. Do you have a favorite mine site?