Blog Posts

Time to Enjoy the Spring Wildflowers

One of the surest signs that spring has arrived in the north woods is the appearance of an abundance of beautiful wildflowers covering the forest …

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A New Season – Archaeology at Michilimackinac

With the summer season rapidly approaching, another archaeology field season is upon us. Even though we are continuing where we stopped last August, there was …

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The Four Maps of Michilimackinac

In addition to over 50 years’ worth of archaeological evidence, historians have four maps of the original community of Michilimackinac to help them understand how …

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Anniversary of the Cedarville

At 9:45 a.m. on Friday, May 7, 1965, two ships collided in dense fog in the middle of the Straits of Mackinac. One of them, …

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Mission Point Began as Conference Center and College

What is today Mission Point Resort was originally constructed between 1955 and 1965 as a conference center for Moral Re-Armament (MRA). The international peace organization, …

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Colonial Women’s Clothing at Michilimackinac

Getting ready for the day in the 18th Century was a bit different from what we are used to today. Historic Interpreter LeeAnn shows us …

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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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