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Tag: French History

Marchand De Lignery and the Voyageurs

We’ve long interpreted Michilimackinac in the 1770s, toward the end of the British period of occupation. However, Michilimackinac was occupied by the French for more than 40 years. Here’s a story about its rocky beginning in this area.

A fragment of a white pipe made of clay.

The Season Continues

We’re past the halfway point of the 2023 archaeological field season 0 let’s get an update!

From the Collection: Artifacts of Literacy

One of the next major projects tor Mackinac State Historic Parks will be the reconstruction of a unit on the Southwest Rowhouse. To prepare, MSHP staff have been going over the archaeological records and artifacts from the 1960s, when the unit was originally excavated.

The church at Michilimackinac decorated for Christmas.

The First North American Christmas Carol

If you were able to attend the Colonial Christmas event at Colonial Michilimackinac, you experienced part of how Christmas was celebrated at the Mission of St. Ignace at Michilimackinac in 1679. An earlier Jesuit Christmas celebration resulted in the first North American Christmas Carol, the Huron Carol.

Les Feu Follet

“Perhaps now, mon cheri, you will believe in les feu follet?” Fort Fright is based on French tales told at Michilimackinac. Enjoy “Les Feu Follet,” from “Were-Wolves and Will-O-The-Wisps.”