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MTU group develops time traveler


HOUGHTON, MI--   A group of researchers at Michigan Tech has figured out how to travel through history.

A digital map-based project called Keweenaw Time Traveler allows users to explore how the region and its population have changed throughout the years.

Researchers have been digitally recreating the environmental stages of the Copper Country using Geographic Information Science technology. Each stage is comprised of many time periods or “scenes”—recreated from more than 1,000 historical maps from 1850 to 1950. Users can search records by name, address, place, and building type by year.

Tech is hosting a launch party for the Keweenaw Time Traveler Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Carnegie Museum in downtown Houghton.

Nicole was born near Detroit but has lived in the U.P. most of her life. She graduated from Marquette Senior High School and attended Michigan State and Northern Michigan Universities, graduating from NMU in 1993 with a degree in English.