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Sundials, chaos, waffling: A history of time-keeping in Michigan

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Steve Carmody
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Michigan Radio
Spring forward, fall back: a history of daylight saving time in Michigan.

"Spring forward. Fall back." That's how we do daylight saving time. Having run around last weekend turning all the house and car clocks back one hour, we got to wondering: How'd we ever wind up with this thing called “daylight saving time” in the first place?

Rachel Clark with the Michigan History Center helped us answer this question. She started in the 1870s, when the United States had hundreds of different time zones.

This segment is produced in partnership with the Michigan History Center. 

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