Have you ever wondered what MSU’s campus was like at a different time? The Campus Archaeology field school and the new Cultural Heritage Informatics (CHI) field school have developed a Gowalla tour that lets you wander through the campus of yesteryear. If you are unfamiliar, Gowalla is a place-based mapping/gaming program that people use on Smartphones. The person who you follow on this tour is Erasmus Cole – a fictional character who attended MAC in the early 1900s (he has a very snazzy avatar). Cole leads you through various stops on the Michigan Agricultural College tour. Some of the places on Cole’s tour are still around today, but others have long since disappeared. You don’t have to be outside or on campus to take the tour – just click on each “stop.” The “stops” feature historical photos of the sites, which come from collections in the University Archives, and Cole gives his thoughts and feelings about each building.
Take the Michigan Agricultural College tour on Gowalla and visit the campus of the early 1900s!