Historic Mackinac On Tour

Historic Mackinac On Tour

Available throughout the state of Michigan.

Hear the music, see the rifles and learn about soldier life all from your classroom. Two costumed interpreters bring the fur trade and Straits history to life with exciting demonstrations, hands on activities and a truck full of touchables. Students help in trading and bartering, carry a fur bale, get dressed in historic clothing and hear the sounds of the past!

“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 1, 2017!  See the grants section for more information.

How do I get this program?
This program is available from late January through mid April throughout the state of Michigan.

To request a local program (within 75 miles of Mackinaw City) call the Education Line (231-436-4219).
Call in date for January through April 2018 programs are on or after Thursday, January 11, 2018 (local only) starting at 7:00 a.m. (no earlier, please!)
Programs are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. Please contact us to be put on the local mailing list for more information.

Rates for Inclassroom (Outreach) programs for the 2017-2018 school year here.

To request a distance program (outside 75 miles of Mackinaw City) call the Education Line (231-436-4219) or email Katie Mallory.  Availability is on a first come, first-served basis.  Programs can be scheduled up until January of that program season.

We try to spend a week in one area with several schools or school districts – 11 to 13 hour long programs are needed for a week (two programs on Monday afternoon, three programs on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and two programs on Friday morning). We look to a teacher or administrator in the area to help us in this effort of organizing the week. We can split the weeks between two areas, if necessary. Please contact us for more information.


We can make another week into a visit to an area!  Contact Katie Mallory for details – we need several schools in an area to make it work!


SE Michigan Area
Tues, April 10   Morning available (up to 2 programs)
Wed, April 11    Morning available (up to 2 programs)
Thur, April 12   Morning available (up to 2 programs)

NOTE: Please see the rates schedule link above or below to learn about your zone, if you are in 100 miles of Mackinaw City.

What information do I need to know about the program?
Each hour long program costs $75-200-local programs, $200-distance programs (See link for rate schedule)

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 Public Relations Officer may contact your local media to promote the program. Please let us know if this should be altered.

Historic Mackinac on Tour programs include firearms demonstrations. Blanks are fired from a musket and/or rifle. On the day of the visits, written permission from the school principal is required for the demonstration. Please tell us if you would not like this demonstration.