Maybe the most well-known U.P. connection to the famed Titanic is fur magnate John Jacob Astor, a sometime Mackinac Island resident. But in fact, quite a few Titanic survivors settled in the U.P.
: Kenneth Vrana knows natural resources when he sees them, and understands their value. That is why he was happy to donate his time last weekend in support of the Northwestern Michigan College Archeology Club.
A leading and respected researcher, Vrana is now the co-director of the Titanic Mapping Project. Seemingly answering a genetic call, the scholar’s interest is steeped in his own family history. His own ancestors made an Atlantic crossing eerily similar to the Titanic’s in the early 1900s as they completed their migration from Bohemian roots.
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Source: Grand Traverse Insider