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The current reconstruction of Fort Holmes is not the first to stand on the heights of Mackinac. Three earlier reconstructions recreated the original fort for island visitors, including this structure built in 1936. Both the 1936 and 2015 reconstructions closely resemble the historic fort.

Small Fort Plays Big Role in Mackinac History

When American troops returned to Mackinac Island following the War of 1812, they inherited a new piece of defensive architecture from their former British enemies. …

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Members of the Coast Guard Station Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island Coast Guard Station Assisted Distressed Vessels

Today, the Mackinac Island State Park Visitor’s Center is a great place to begin any visit to Mackinac Island. One hundred years ago, however, the …

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World War I Helps Start First Exhibits at Fort Mackinac

One hundred years ago, as the First World War raged in Europe, the Mackinac Island State Park Commission began the long process of creating museum …

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The thawing ice forming on the Great Lakes helps increase water levels with the peak usually somewhere in July.

What is with these Rising Lake Levels?

The Great Lakes water levels have both seasonal changes and long term changes. In a normal year the water level of Lakes Michigan and Huron …

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Jew's Harp

Digging up the Past, All in a Day’s Work

Visitors to Michilimackinac get to interact with archaeologists uncovering little bits of history every day during the peak season. What they are observing is only …

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Mackinac State Historic Parks 2014 Collections Review

The Mackinac Island State Park Commission accessioned over 120 gifts and 67 purchases to the state park historic object and archival collections in 2014. The …

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Mackinac Island’s Winter Frolic: 1940

So, what’s the island like in the winter? A question asked by multiple generations of Mackinac Island summer visitors who conjure visions of bell-strewn, horse-drawn …

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On Chair Lift Mt. Humbard

“The Only Island Ski Resort in the World” – Mt. Humbard

When you hear of skiing on Mackinac Island you probably think of the cross-country trails of the state park. However, in the early 1970s you …

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Lace and Buttons: More than Just Decoration

Dressed in their madder red regimental coats, black hats, and white underclothes, the soldiers of the 8th Regiment who served at Michilimackinac in the 1770s …

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Belle Meade Plantation

Belle Meade Plantation – The Mackinac Connection

A lavish plantation house in Nashville, Tennessee and the Wood Quarters at Fort Mackinac may not seem to have much in common at first glance, …

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New Photos of an Old Hospital

Mackinac State Historic Parks Registrar Brian Jaeschke recently acquired copies of several historic photographs of the 1860 Post Hospital at Fort Mackinac. The photographs were …

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Portraits Put Face on Mackinac History

It’s fascinating that after fifty years of actively collecting materials related to Fort Mackinac history, we still discover new treasures. Our most recent “discovery” is two …

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