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Inquiry Project: Clinton Township Deb Thelen Stacy King Adreanna Pankow Kellie Leitermann Kim Dombroski Shannon Swoyer Old Township Hall on Moravian Road Built approximately 1880 QUESTIONS Big Question: What brought people to Clinton Township? Sub-Questions: Who came?

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Inquiry Project: Clinton Township

Deb Thelen

Stacy King

Adreanna Pankow

Kellie Leitermann

Kim Dombroski

Shannon Swoyer

Old Township Hall on Moravian RoadBuilt approximately 1880


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QUESTIONS

Big Question: What brought people to Clinton Township?

  • Sub-Questions:

  • Who came?

  • When did they come?

  • Why did they come?

  • How did they come?

  • What were the effects of these people on the Clinton Township?


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Who came?

  • Moravians

  • Immigrants (mostly Irish, German, Polish, Italian, English, and French)

  • War veterans from wars fought in North America

  • Japanese Americans


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When did they come?

  • Moravians and Indians came in 1782.

  • Irish Immigrants came in 1845.

  • War veterans came after they fought in the various wars.

  • Japanese Americans came in 1943.


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Why Did They Come?

  • Moravians came to convert Indians.

  • Irish immigrants came to work on the canal to run from Kalamazoo to Clinton Township.

  • War veterans came to live peacefully after the war.

  • Japanese Americans came to work in the rose gardens of Paul Weiss and to live outside of the internment camps.


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How did they come?

People used the following methods of transportation:

Clinton River System

Wagons

Rail Roads

Old map of what the Clinton-Kalamazoo Canal would have looked like if finished.


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What were the effects of these people?

  • Moravians cleared a lot of land and converted Indians.

  • Irish helped dig canal. Many Irish still remain.

  • Mills were created and more forest was destroyed.

  • Clinton Township use to be the largest producer of roses in the state.


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How did we collect data?

  • Interviews (Dr. Carl Mark Paul – Clinton Township Historian)

  • Primary Documents (photos and maps)

  • Internethttp://www.clintontownship.com


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