Blog Posts

A young deer in winter.

The Changing Seasons at the Straits

There always seems to be changes this time of year – for the parks, the locals and the wildlife. After another exciting and busy season, …

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Support Mackinac Associates on Giving Tuesday

Mackinac Associates’ mission is simple and encompassing: Friends Preserving and Sharing Mackinac’s Heritage. Mackinac Associates is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports programs at Mackinac …

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William Marshall

The Company of Fort Mackinac Descendants

Genealogy, the study and tracing of one’s lines of descent or ancestry, has become increasingly popular in recent years. Document-rich sites like,, and …

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The rest area is located east of Fort Mackinac, across Huron Road from the Scout Barracks.

Huron Road Rest Area

Progress is moving forward on the Huron Road Rest Area. Mackinac State Historic Parks identified the long-standing need for an easily accessible public restroom and …

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Stanton Guard.

Fort Mackinac: A Century of Military Service to the Country

Veteran’s Day is the Federal holiday which encourages Americans to take a moment to reflect upon and honor the sacrifices of every generation of Americans …

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Fact vs. Fiction: The Doctor’s Secret Journal

Since 1960, one of Mackinac State Historic Parks’ most popular publications has been The Doctor’s Secret Journal, an edited and annotated version of a dramatic …

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Captain Edwin Sellars

Fort Mackinac’s Soldiers and the Statue of Liberty

On October 28, 1886, President Grover Cleveland and a host of other dignitaries formally dedicated the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. The soldiers …

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The retired 1944 USCGC Mackinaw (left) is now docked in Mackinaw City as a museum. The 2006 USCGC Mackinaw (right) occasionally stops in port as part of her modern duties.

Things Named Mackinac/aw

Today there are several easily recognizable places and things named either Mackinac or Mackinaw. Mackinac Island, the Straits of Mackinac, the Mackinac Bridge, and Mackinaw …

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Possible second root cellar.

2019 Archaeology Wrap Up

The second half of the 2019 field season was as interesting as the first.

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Privy Addition at Old Mackinac Point

Restoring a historic site to its original appearance is usually an ongoing activity. At the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, restoration has been underway since 2004 …

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American soldiers from the 17th, 19th, and 24th Infantry Regiments joined men from the Corps of Artillery, the Marine Corps, and the Ohio militia during the battle.

On This Day: Battle of Mackinac Island, August 4, 1814

On August 4, 1814, war came to Mackinac Island. The island, which had been captured by the British in 1812, was now the focus of …

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Sophia's dress.

Sophia Bates Truscott’s Dress

Sophia Bates Truscott was born on January 18, 1830 in Kingston, Ontario to William and Sarah Bates. She got married to George Truscott, a businessman, …

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