Historic Mackinac On Tour

Historic Mackinac On Tour

Available throughout the state of Michigan.


Michigan’s early history comes to life- right in your classroom! Two historical interpreters will share stories of the Anishnaabek, French-Canadian, and British people who called northern Michigan home in the 18th century, and your students will see how the fur trade shaped Michigan as we know it today. Each program is a trip back in time, with ample opportunities to see, touch, and participate in history!

“It was a good experience, I thought the kids would enjoy it. Also we have the M-STEP coming up and we thought it would be a good way to refresh the kids’ memories because a lot of the fourth- and fifth-graders haven’t had Michigan history since third grade.” – Linsey Barber, Boyce Elementary

We’re in the Michigan Humanities Council Touring Guide (page 48)!  This also entitles schools to apply for grants to bring the program to you; open applications start November 14, 2019!  See the grants sectidsc01444on for more information.

How do I get this program?
This program is available October 14, 2019 through mid April, 2020 throughout the state of Michigan.

To request a program call the Mackinaw City administrative office at (231) 436-4100 or email at outreach@mackinacparks.com. Programs are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. Please contact us to be put on the local mailing list for more information.

Rate Schedule. Miles are based from our administrative office in Mackinaw City:

Zone 1 (5 miles or less): free, fully funded by Mackinac Associates. 
– Includes Mackinac Island, Mackinaw City, and St. Ignace/Moran Township schools.
Zone 2 (within 50 miles): $75 per program. Funding available through Mackinac Associates! Ask how when inquiring about a program. 
– Includes Alanson, Beaver Island (must include transportation costs), Bois Blanc, Boyne City, Boyne Falls, Brimley, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, DeTour, East Jordan, Ellsworth, Engadine, Gaylord, Harbor Springs, Inland Lakes, Les Cheneaux, Onaway, Pellston, Petoskey, Pickford, Rudyard, Sault Ste. Marie, Vanderbilt, and Wolverine schools.
Zone 3 (within 75 miles): $100 per program
– Includes Alba, Alpena, Atlanta, Bellaire, Burt Township, Central Lake, Crawford AuSable, Elk Rapids, Fairview, Hillman, Johannesburg-Lewiston, Kalkaska/Excelsior Township, Mancelona, Manistique, Posen, Rogers City, Tahquamenon, and Whitefish schools
Zone 4 (within 100 miles): $125 per program
– Includes Alcona, Big Bay de Noc, Forest Area, Glen Lake, Houghton Lake, Leland, Mio AuSable, Munising, Northport, Roscommon, Suttons Bay, and Traverse City schools.
Zone 5 (beyond 100 miles): $200-$250 per program*
– Includes, but not limited to, Grand Rapids, Jackson, Detroit, Port Huron, and Marquette schools

* For distance outreach (more than 100 miles from Mackinaw City): cost per program will be $250 per program if two or fewer programs are scheduled within 30 miles of one another; $200 per program if three or more can be scheduled within a 30 mile radius.

All outreach program costs are supported by Mackinac Associates.

What information do I need to know about the program?
Each hour long program costs $75-$125 for programs within 100 miles, and $200-$250 for programs beyond 100 miles.

There is a limit of 50-55 students (2 classrooms) for each program

Larger rooms on ground levels are great places to stage the programs (help may be needed for classrooms on 2nd level or higher for set up)

Two library sized tables needed for presentations

There is a 30 minute set-up/teardown time needed for programs

Space and program availability limited

After programs are scheduled, our marketing manager may contact your local media to promote the program. Please let us know if this should be altered.