THE GREAT LAKES
CATALYSTS OF INDUSTRIAL EVOLUTION
2017-2018 Innovation in Research and Creativity Award Winner
University of Michigan Libraries
Recognized by the University of Michigan for outstanding incorporation of library research and lab use
with creative methods to develop an honors project and accompanying 25-page thesis.
The Great Lakes: Catalysts of Industrial Evolution demonstrates the growth of modern industries and processes in the Midwest during the industrial revolution of the nineteenth century – the development of which would not have been possible within the region without a vast array of resources provided by the Great Lakes.
Each comprehensive illustration defines the lake wherein the most development of each industry took place. First, Superior outlines the region’s vast mining production of raw and precious materials, and Michigan illustrates the development of the fur trade and interaction with indigenous peoples. Huron demonstrates the timber logging empire of old growth forests, while Erie describes the region’s heavy industrialization and consequential pollution. Finally, Ontario explores the expanse of the maritime shipping industry after the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway.