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What's in the Basement

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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A site you won't typically see on Mackinac Island. This was done for an ad.

Why are certain things banned on Mackinac Island?

Why are certain things banned on Mackinac Island? Find out here!

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3 ways to explore the ‘wild side’ of Mackinac

There’s a lot of history to experience at Mackinac State Historic Parks, including the wilderness where not many visitors venture. Come explore Mackinac’s wild side!

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Cedars and Everlastings: Mackinac’s Amazing Evergreens

The evergreens in this article represent just a few of the “Cedars and Everlastings” you’ll find while exploring Mackinac Island. During your next visit, you’ll just need a trail map, your walking shoes, and an adventurous spirit. Trees of the North Woods are ready to whisper their stories to us. We only need remember how to listen.

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Mackinac Island’s Field of Dreams

“The one constant through all the years…has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers…It reminds us of all that once was good, and that could be again.”

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Michilimackinac Archaeology 2021 Mid-Season Update

It’s hard to believe, but the archaeology field season is at the half-way point. Learn all about how the season has been going here.

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Using Cold Frames at Michilimackinac

Gardeners, especially at the Straits of Mackinac, have always been interested in helping their plants grow despite sometimes problematic environmental conditions.

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July 4 at Fort Mackinac

With the holiday weekend upon us, let’s look at how the soldiers and civilians of historic Mackinac celebrated.

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Summer Birds of Mill Creek

As spring turns to summer, the woods of Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park are alive with birdsong.

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