Askin’s Men and Women at Michilimackinac, 1778

Join us for this special themed weekend at Colonial Michilimackinac where we’ll focus on the free and enslaved employees working for John Askin- the sailors, voyageurs, cooks, gardeners, bakers, and other tradespeople. More information will be published soon. All special events will be included with a regular ticket to Colonial Michilimackinac. #thisismackinac

Fort Mackinac Then and Now

Mackinac State Historic Parks is fortunate to have an ever-expanding collection of original objects related to the sites we preserve and interpret. These objects help us share the many stories of Mackinac with our visitors. One of the more unique pieces in the collection is an original photo album and scrapbook assembled by Edward Pratt, a U.S. Army officer who served at Fort Mackinac and several other stations around the world at the end of the 19th century. Using these photos, Mackinac State Historic Parks’ Chief Curator and Historian Craig Wilson will compare and contrast these photos with the actual locations, providing a deeper look into the iconic fort’s history. Admission is by donation. #thisismackinac

The images from Pratt’s album have been compiled into a book, also by Wilson. More information can be found here: https://www.mackinacparks.com/books-publications/through-an-officers-eyes-the-photo-album-of-edward-b-pratt-u-s-army-1873-1902/

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 Rochester Grangers for the 2021 match! Sponsored by Mary’s Bistro and Draught House.

Admission by donation. #thisismackinac

Michilimackinac Unreconstructed

All the of the buildings you see at Michilimackinac today are based on archaeological excavations, but not every structure that has been excavated has been reconstructed. Join Curator of Archaeology Dr. Lynn Evans for an evening tour to learn about these locations and what they tell us about life on the fur trade frontier.

Admission by donation. Entrance is off Straits Avenue. #thisismackinac

An American Picnic

Checkered red and white tablecloths spread on the grass of Fort Mackinac’s parade grounds create a patchwork quilt welcoming hungry patriots with Grand Hotel’s all-you-can-eat tangy BBQ baby back ribs, grilled chicken breasts, hamburgers, hot dogs, turkey burgers, corn on the cob, and a slew of salads, fixings and desserts. Stay for the fireworks!

An American Picnic at Fort Mackinac
Presented by Grand Hotel
Sunday, July 4, 2021
6:30 p.m. to Dusk
Ticket information will be posted soon.

Featuring:

GRILLED HOT DOGS
HAMBURGERS
BBQ BABY BACK RIBS
GRILLED CHICKEN BREASTS
CORN ON THE COB
PASTA SALAD, COLESLAW, RED SKIN POTATO SALAD
CORN BREAD, POTATO CHIPS
BAKED BEANS
WATERMELON SLICES
FULL DESSERT BUFFET
ICED TEA, LEMONADE, MILK
Beer, wine and soft drinks available for additional charge.
All Fort Mackinac buildings will be open and a program of patriotic music will be presented. Tickets are nonrefundable if event is cancelled due to inclement weather.
Advance tickets will go on sale in June and will be available at Grand Hotel, Fort Mackinac, and
Mackinac Island State Park Visitors Center. Ticket includes fort admission.

A Star Spangled Fourth of July

The historic island fort is decked out in patriotic finery with banners, flags and bunting. It is an 1880’s Independence Day, with 38-gun salutes honoring the states of the period, performances of patriotic music, and Victorian children’s games. Guests join the party and participate in games on the fort parade ground. Included with regular admission to Fort Mackinac. #thisismackinac