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A Closer Look at the Collections Brass Saw

A Closer Look at the Collections: Brass Saw

It’s time for another deep dive into the collection!

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An image from the 1980s showing archaeological work at the Wood Quarters

Archaeology at Fort Mackinac – Officers’ Wood Quarters

One of the more unusual archaeological projects to take place at Fort Mackinac was an excavation that took place under a standing structure. The main question that excavation was looking to answer? Who built the Officer’s Wood Quarters, and when was it built?

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Mackinaw City’s Petersen Center

Mackinac State Historic Parks maintains more than 100 buildings. Most are public, like the buildings inside Colonial Michilimackinac and Fort Mackinac. Others are behind the scenes, like the Petersen Center. Learn more about the administrative office of MSHP here.

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John Cardinal using broad ax, 2021 (2)

Early Lumbering at the Straits of Mackinac

Robert Campbell constructed a water-powered sawmill at Mill Creek about 1790, being the first of its kind in northern Michigan. Prior to the mill, trees were turned into lumber entirely with hand tools for more than 100 years at the Straits of Mackinac.

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Sterrett Plan 1796

Archaeology at Fort Mackinac – The British Well

The earliest archaeological excavation at Fort Mackinac took place at one of its earliest structures, the British well.

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Fairy Arch by Henry Chapman Ford 1874

Mackinac Island’s Other Arches

Arch Rock is Mackinac Island’s most famous and spectacular limestone formation. A century ago, curious visitors could find two additional arches, also celebrated for their natural beauty and rich traditions.

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Stereoview of Arch Rock

2021 Mackinac State Historic Parks Collections Acquisitions

Mackinac State Historic Parks accessioned 247 objects into its permanent collection and archives. Learn about a few of them here.

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A Closer Look at the Collections Orvietan Lid

A Closer Look at the Collections: Orvietan Lid

It’s time for another deep dive into the collection! Today Dr. Lynn Evans, Curator of Archaeology, shows us on Orvietan Lid.

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What's new for 22

What’s new for ’22?

As the calendar flips to the new year, Mackinac State Historic Parks staff are busy readying new tours, exhibits, publications, and more.

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Winter Arrives at Mackinac

Winter on Mackinac Island is a special time of year.

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Historic Interpreters getting ready to celebrate Christmas at Michilimackinac

Holiday Traditions of the 17th and 18th Century are Alive at Colonial Michilimackinac

The holiday traditions of the 17th and 18th centuries are alive at A Colonial Christmas at Colonial Michilimackinac.

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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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