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A photo of a British halfpenny recovered during an archaeological dig at Colonial Michilimackinac

A Closer Look at the Collections: British Halfpenny

It’s time for another dive into our collections!

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Staying Warm: Women’s Winter Clothing at Colonial Michilimackinac

With winter settling in on the Straits of Mackinac, you may wonder: what did the historic residents of Michilimackinac do when they got cold?

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Michigan’s Wild Turkeys

As Michiganders prepare for Thanksgiving, sooner or later thoughts turn to turkey. Today, after a long and sometimes perilous history, the eastern wild turkey is a familiar site to many Michigan residents.

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She Lived Here Too: Marie Constance Chevalier

She lived her, too. Marie Constance Chevalier was one of the few people who made Michilimackinac their permanent home in the early years of Michilimackinac’s history.

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Arch Rock October 2021 by K. Bagnall

Early Accounts of Arch Rock

On an island known for awe-inspiring natural wonders, Arch Rock is certainly Mackinac’s most iconic.

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The Commanding Officer’s Privy: A New Addition at Michilimackinac

When you visit Colonial Michilimackinac in 2022, if you look in the right place you’ll see a newly reconstructed building.

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Gurdon Hubbard and The Great Chicago Fire

October 8, 2021 marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the Great Chicago Fire. What’s the connection to Mackinac? Gurdon Hubbard.

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Autumn Berries of the North Woods

As flowering plants bear fruit in early Autumn, many species of wild berries ripen, each containing seeds to perpetuate a new generation of plants.

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What’s in the basement?

One of the main questions visitors have when they visit Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse: what’s in the basement? Find out here.

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Michilimackinac Archaeology 2021 Wrap-Up

The 2021 Michilimackinac field season came to a satisfying close in late August. After seven seasons of excavation, we have finally reached the bottom of the southeast root cellar!

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Chief Wawatam 110th Launching Anniversary

It was 110 years ago that the Chief Wawatam was side launched, and it remained active on the Straits of Mackinac until 1984.

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Where’s the Rum? Liquor and Soldiers at Michilimackinac

A common question we hear at Michilimackinac concerns liquor being dispensed to soldiers.

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