Michigan Governor’s Summer Residence Tours

Explore the Governor’s Summer Residence on Mackinac Island on select Wednesdays June through August. Built in 1902 as a private summer cottage by Lawrence A. Young, it has served as the Governor’s summer Residence since 1945.

The residence was listed in the Michigan Register of Historic Places in October 1975. In November 1997, the house was named to the National Register of Historic Places, the official list of America’s most historic buildings and sites.

Throughout the tour, which lasts approximately 15 minutes, experienced docents will guide small groups through the first floor of the home.

Artist-in-Residence Workshop with Painter James Swanson

Swanson will provide a painting demonstration, utilizing his unique way of working, which has become popular for guests to watch.

This workshop will take place at the Station 256 Conference Room, located above the Mackinac Island State Park Visitor’s Center. This is a free event. #thisismackinac

Vintage Base Ball

A vintage game of “base ball” as it was meant to be played, barehanded and by gentlemen’s rules on the old Fort Mackinac ball field behind Fort Mackinac, the oldest continually used ball field in Michigan! Learn an old-fashioned cheer, watch players fined for smoking cigars on the field, and enjoy a good old-fashioned rivalry! We welcome back the Mackinaw City Boys for the 2022 match! Sponsored by Mary’s Bistro and Draught House.

Admission by donation. #thisismackinac

Mackinac’s Forgotten Features

On this guided bike tour, join Kyle Bagnall, Park Naturalist, on a nature adventure back in time. Starting behind Fort Mackinac, at the Avenue of Flags on Huron Road, we’ll explore features that are long lost, destroyed or forgotten. Along the way, you’re invited to imagine feeding animals at Deer Park, the acrid odor of an old lime kiln, and the sharp report of gunfire at the old rifle range. We’ll listen for echoes of the Musical Well and look for 19th century spelunkers emerging from a deep cave adventure. We’ll follow a “very highly romantic road” before stopping for milk at Early’s Farm or something stronger at Dousman’s Distillery. In all, our bike route will encompass about 7 miles, before ending at Marquette Park for the evening. Participants should bring a good working bike, a drink of water, and a sense of adventure. This adventure is free, with no preregistration required.

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Artist-in-Residence Workshop Kateri Kaminski

Kateri Kaminski’s workshop aims to educate MSHP patrons and art enthusiasts about Trade Silver, how it came into use, where it came from, and the historical impact it had on the Indigenous Peoples and colonies in early North America. Trade silver played an important part in the relationships that were forged between the Indigenous and Europeans.

Afterward a simple demonstration of how Trade Silver was made using basic tools. I will start with a sheet of silver and explain each step of creating a piece of history.

1. Coming to Colonial Michilimackinac
a. Father an interpreter of trade silver
b. Treasures from the Sand exhibit
1. Crosses
2. Rings with paste stones
2. Immersed in the history of 1700’s to 1800’s
a. Jesuit rings
b. Creating social and economical bonds between Native Americans and Europeans through the exchange of
silver/furs.
c. Dutch/French/British and Fur Companies competed for trade dominance
3. Popularity of Silver among Native Americans
a. made exclusively for and used by Native Americans
b. Companies importing silver from Europe
1. Jewelry and Silverware filled most record keeping books
2. London/Ireland/Scotland
3. Women Silversmiths
4. Demand prompted silver being made in North America
a. Leading product by silversmiths from 1780-1820
b. Montreal, Quebec, Philadelphia
c. Designs requested by Native Americans similar to patters already found on leather, bark, shell, stone
5. Popular designs in Trade Silver
a. Brooches
b. Gorgets
c. Bands for arms, legs, hats
d. Earrings – cone and wheels
e. Rings
f. Hair pipes and hair ornaments
6. Decline of Trade Silver
a. Beaver over hunted
b. Government buying Native lands and removing them
c. Natives leaving old hunting grounds/moving out of the area
d. Fur companies selling or quitting
1. American Fur Company on Mackinaw Island shut down in 1854. Great Lakes fur trade ended that year

Mackinac has long been an inspiration for artists. Join Mackinac State Historic Parks’ Artist-in-Residence for a free workshop at the Station 256 Conference Room, located above the Mackinac Island State Park Visitor’s Center. This is a free event. #thisismackinac

Michigan Governor’s Summer Residence Tours

Explore the Governor’s Summer Residence on Mackinac Island on select Wednesdays June through August. Built in 1902 as a private summer cottage by Lawrence A. Young, it has served as the Governor’s summer Residence since 1945.

The residence was listed in the Michigan Register of Historic Places in October 1975. In November 1997, the house was named to the National Register of Historic Places, the official list of America’s most historic buildings and sites.

Throughout the tour, which lasts approximately 15 minutes, experienced docents will guide small groups through the first floor of the home.

Underground Fort Mackinac

Fort Mackinac saw many changes over its 115-year history. All the buildings you see in the fort today were built by soldiers, but there were many other buildings that did not survive. Join Curator of Archaeology Lynn Evans for an evening walking tour to explore the archaeological side of Fort Mackinac history. This is a free event; donations welcome. Meet at the Fort Mackinac Avenue of Flags. #thisismackinac

Michigan Governor’s Summer Residence Tours

Explore the Governor’s Summer Residence on Mackinac Island on select Wednesdays June through August. Built in 1902 as a private summer cottage by Lawrence A. Young, it has served as the Governor’s summer Residence since 1945.

The residence was listed in the Michigan Register of Historic Places in October 1975. In November 1997, the house was named to the National Register of Historic Places, the official list of America’s most historic buildings and sites.

Throughout the tour, which lasts approximately 15 minutes, experienced docents will guide small groups through the first floor of the home.