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Meteors at Mackinac

Staying up late on a clear August night is an excellent way to create special summer memories at the Straits of Mackinac. With minimal light pollution and expansive vistas over two Great Lakes, the starry sky offers a spectacular show, free of charge, for all ages.

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10 Picture Worthy Back Drops for your Mackinac Vacation

Finding the perfect picture location to show off your Mackinac vacation can be hard, so we compiled 10 of our favorites spots – five in Mackinaw City and five on Mackinac Island – that serve as that perfect background for family photos or to spice up your Instagram feed.

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A one-ounce brass weight found in the archaeology dig at Colonial Michilimackinac.

Mid-Season Archaeology Update

The first half of the 2022 Michilimackinac archaeological field season has been very productive. Find out all about it here:

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Autumn Woodland on Mackinac Island (cropped for blog)

The Musical Well of Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island attracts visitors from around the world to experience interesting history, inspiring natural beauty, and fantastic geological features. Some are well known, others not so much. Others are only briefly mentioned, like the Musical Well of Mackinac Island.

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Although exaggerated, this 1817 illustration by Francis Belton clearly illustrates the high point of ancient Mackinac Island.

Tour of the Turtle’s Back: Ancient Mackinac Island

Some 11,000 years ago, only the highest point of Mackinac Island stood above the water, being about ½ mile long and nearly ¼ mile wide. For many generations, Native Americans have referred to this high point as the Turtle’s Back, as its domed shape creates the perception of a giant turtle floating on the water.

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3 historically family-fun festivities highlight full event calendar at Mackinac State Historic Parks

A full event calendar delivers additional, unique experiences to plan an adventure around.

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Remembering Dr. Beaumont at Mackinac

Mackinac State Historic Parks is commemorating the bicentennial of the accident that led to Dr. William Beaumont’s famous experiments on the digestive system. In addition to the Beaumont Museum, there are several other tributes to Beaumont on Mackinac Island.

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The House E site with all of the squares open.

Re-opening the Archaeological Site at Michilimackinac

Late May saw the beginning of the 64th archaeological field season at Michilimackinac.

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American Fur Co. Store

Dr. William Beaumont and Alexis St. Martin

On June 6, 1822, a shot rang out inside the American Fur Company’s retail store located on Mackinac Island’s Market Street. When the smoke cleared, Alexis St. Martin, lay bleeding on the floor…

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Mackinac Associates: Celebrating 40 Years of Supporting Mackinac State Historic Parks

In 1982, Mackinac Associates received its official 501(c)(3) status, and the organization that we know and love was officially born. Learn more here:

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Rock bluffs at the Durrell or Mill Creek Quarry, circa 1915

The Untold Story of the Mill Creek Quarry

About 1864, a new resource was tapped for the first time along the rocky bluffs of Mill Creek – limestone.

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5 Things For Kids to See at Historic Fort Mackinac

Visiting historic Fort Mackinac on Michigan’s Mackinac Island is less of a lesson in history than it is an experience of it. Here are five places to see on a visit to Fort Mackinac with the family:

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