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Presenting a program at the Gros Cap School near St. Ignace.

Education Outreach Brings History to Life

Our historic sites may be closed for another two months, but right now small teams of interpreters are traveling around the state to bring Mackinac’s …

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Mackinac Parks: 125

Mackinac State Historic Parks turns 125 years old in 2020. Established in 1895 when the federal government shuttered the country’s second national park, Mackinac National …

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Greatcoats: Another Cold Winter Garment

With winter descending on the Straits of Mackinac, it can be difficult to image what life was like here in centuries past. When guests visit …

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2019 Collections Acquisitions

In 2019, the Mackinac Island State Park Commission accessioned 188 gifts and 107 purchases to the historic object and archival collection. The park purchased or …

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The Winter Table at Michilimackinac

Michilimackinac in the 18th century was an important transshipment point for the fur trade. With the abundance of material goods and huge shipments of supplies …

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Inside the Biddle House.

Biddle House Update

As you may have heard, we’re currently in the process of updating the Biddle House to include the Mackinac Island Native American Museum. This new …

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Work on the south wall wrapped up a few weeks ago. The masons have moved on to the west wall and tower.

Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse Exhibit Update

For the first time in the history of Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, the second floor of the house will be available to the public. As …

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These horse drawn carts are examples of the kind that would have been relied on to transport various foods from the mainland to supply holiday meals for island residents.

America’s 19th Century Christmas Traditions: A Connection Between the Past and Present

Christmas in the United States is not only a federal holiday but arguably the most celebrated holiday in the country, as evidenced by more retail …

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Chief Wawatam Archival Collection

In the fall of 1911, the railroad ferry Chief Wawatam arrived in the Straits of Mackinac to begin a career which lasted 73 years. The …

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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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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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