Mackinac State Historic Parks

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Mackinaw City - Michilimackinac State Park including Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse and Colonial Michilimackinac and Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park. Mackinac Island - Mackinac Island State Park including the historic downtown buildings, Fort Mackinac and the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum.

05/09/2020
A Deeper Look: Interior of Barracks

Curator of History Craig Wilson takes us through another photo from the album of Edward B. Pratt, this time looking at the interior of the barracks the soldiers called home. For more educational content like this: mackinacparks.com/exploreathome. #thisismackinac #mackinacparks125

If you've visited Colonial Michilimackinac you've probably seen interpreters firing muskets during a demonstration. But ...
05/08/2020
A Short Land Pattern Musket of 1769 - Mackinac State Historic Parks

If you've visited Colonial Michilimackinac you've probably seen interpreters firing muskets during a demonstration. But what do we actually know about these weapons? Let's learn a little more: #thisismackinac #mackinacparks125

When you visit Colonial Michilimackinac, you’ll probably see a few historical interpreters representing British soldiers of the 8th Regiment going about their daily routine of demonstrations and tours. Every day,... Read more »

05/07/2020
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Happening now!

⛴We're taking a virtual ferry to Mackinac Island to enjoy live music, make some fudge, mix a cocktail, and talk about a big anniversary! It's all for Come Together: A Relief Effort for Michigan Tourism Workers.

👉 To make a donation or buy a shirt supporting those in the tourism industry who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic visit: mrlaef.org/relief-fund. All Donations collected online during our the series will go directly to the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association’s Michigan Hospitality Industry Employee Relief Fund.

05/07/2020
MLive.com

Take a virtual visit to Mackinac Island tonight! #thisismackinac #mackinacparks125

⛴We're taking a virtual ferry to Mackinac Island to enjoy live music, make some fudge, mix a cocktail, and talk about a big anniversary! It's all for Come Together: A Relief Effort for Michigan Tourism Workers.

👉 To make a donation or buy a shirt supporting those in the tourism industry who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic visit: mrlaef.org/relief-fund. All Donations collected online during our the series will go directly to the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association’s Michigan Hospitality Industry Employee Relief Fund.

05/07/2020
Share Your Fort Mackinac Memories

We want to see your Fort Mackinac memories! If you've been following our page the last few days you've seen how we have been exploring the photo memories of Edward B. Pratt, who was stationed at Fort Mackinac in the late 1800s. Now we'd love to see your visits to the fort! Share your memories of a Fort Mackinac visit in the comments below between now and May 21, and we'll randomly select 10 people to receive a copy of our newest publication, "Through an Officer's Eyes: The Photo Album of Edward B. Pratt, U.S. Army 1873-1902." Author Craig Wilson will even sign it for you. We look forward to seeing all of your amazing Fort Mackinac memories! #thisismackinac #mackinacparks125

05/06/2020
A Deeper Look: East Blockhouse

Curator of History Craig Wilson takes a deeper look at another photo from the album of Edward Pratt. Wilson's new book, Through an Officer's Eyes: The Photo Album of Edward B. Pratt, U.S. Army 1873-1902, will be available this summer at our historic sites and museum stores. #thisismackinac #mackinacparks125 mackinacparks.com/exploreathome

05/05/2020
A Deeper Look: Cos. E & K going to Parade

Curator of History Craig Wilson takes another deep look at a picture, this one as Companies E & K head out on parade. #thisismackinac #mackinacparks125

Head to mackinacparks.com/exploreathome for more educational content and online resources.

To go along with our video we posted about Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park, here’s a wonderful poem about Mill Creek ...
05/02/2020

To go along with our video we posted about Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park, here’s a wonderful poem about Mill Creek by Tyler, the son of one of our park rangers. #thisismackinac #mackinacparks125

05/02/2020
Peaceful Mill Creek

Enjoy the soothing sounds and beautiful sites at Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park. #thisismackinac #mackinacparks125

While we were starting to get our gardens ready for the 2020 season, we were pleasantly surprised to find something alre...
05/01/2020
What's Growing in the Garden? Carrots! - Mackinac State Historic Parks

While we were starting to get our gardens ready for the 2020 season, we were pleasantly surprised to find something already growing: carrots! We've also included a fun recipe. #thisismackinac #mackinacparks125

We have begun our spring cleanup of the gardens at Michilimackinac! It Is the best time. Every year we find a few unexpected things, and this week we came across... Read more »

The opening of our sites has been pushed back to mid-June. See below for more details.
04/30/2020

The opening of our sites has been pushed back to mid-June. See below for more details.

To all of our visitors, followers and fans: Out of the overwhelming safety concern for our visitors and staff, in following state and federal guidelines, and in consultation with the business community and community leaders, we have made the decision to delay the opening of our historic sites on Mackinac Island and in Mackinaw City.

We are now TENTATIVELY looking at opening our historic sites and facilities in mid-June. This includes:

Mackinac Island:
- Fort Mackinac
- The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum
- Mackinac Island State Park Visitor’s Center and Restrooms
- Historic Downtown Mackinac
- Fort Holmes Blockhouse
- Mission Church
- Bark Chapel
- Restrooms at Arch Rock and British Landing
- British Landing Nature Center

The Biddle House, featuring the Mackinac Island Native American Museum, will open at a date to be determined, due to construction delays.

Mackinaw City:
- Colonial Michilimackinac
- Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse
- Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park
• Restrooms adjacent to the Colonial Michilimackinac Visitor’s Center and within Michilimackinac State Park

Thank you for your understanding. This is an ever-changing and fluid situation, and these dates are certainly subject to change.

We look forward to welcoming guests to Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City and celebrating our 125th anniversary! #thisismackinac #mackinacparks125 mackinacparks.com/covid-19/

04/30/2020
A Deeper Look: Cos. E & K, Fort Mackinac, Mich., 1886

Join Curator of History Craig Wilson as he takes a deeper look at a historic image from our collection taken from the album of Edward B. Pratt, who served at Fort Mackinac for six years in the late 1800s. This image also appears in Wilson's new book titled "Through an Officer's Eyes: The Photo Album of Edward B. Pratt," which will be available at our museum stores and visitor centers this summer. #thisismackinac #mackinacparks125

04/28/2020
Why is the Mackinac region important to you?

The Biddle House, featuring the Mackinac Island Native American Museum, is slated to open in 2020. To help create this exhibit, we worked with and interviewed members of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. Here is some of what they had to say: #thisismackinac #mackinacparks125 For more educational content please visit mackinacparks.com/exploreathome

04/27/2020
Tower Tour - Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse

A highlight of visiting Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse is a trip up the tower. Learn a little more about the duties of a lighthouse keeper, why this house was important, and more, as Curator of History Craig Wilson takes you on a tour. For more educational content like this please visit our Explore at Home page: mackinacparks.com/exploreathome #thisismackinac #mackinacparks125

If you're like us (or at least the person writing this post), you are very much missing baseball right now. Mackinac Isl...
04/26/2020
Mackinac Island’s unique bond with baseball – Mackinac Island

If you're like us (or at least the person writing this post), you are very much missing baseball right now. Mackinac Island and baseball have a connection that goes back more than 150 years - learn more here: #thisismackinac #mackinacparks125

America’s favorite pastime and America’s favorite summer destination have been kindred spirits since the game was invented more than 150 years ago.

04/23/2020
Michilimackinac Seed Giveaway

Want to grow a little Michilimackinac at home? We're here to help! Introducing our seed program - just comment on the post and we'll send you a packet of seeds saved from our gardens as we closed them last year. Supplies are limited to the first 100 who comment. After you comment we'll reach out to you (in time!) on where to send them. Happy planting! #thisismackinac #mackinacparks125

EDIT—The response to this has been overwhelming, and we’ve already hit our amount! We’ll be contacting those first 100 people or so in the next day or two on where to send them, and thank you all!

EDIT 2 - Thanks to everybody who commented and responsed to this post. We contacted the first 100 to post here, and everybody we have reached out to responsed that they would like seeds. Thank you again, and happy growing!

04/22/2020
1880s Army Exercises

Feeling the need to get a little stretching and exercise in after a month of quarentine? Let's turn to the 1880s soldiers of Fort Mackinac! Join our interpreter Craig as he takes you through the very early exercise program of the army. #thisismackinac #mackinacparks125

We have many more educational and fun videos at our new "Explore at Home" section of our website - check it out! mackinacparks.com/exploreathome

Mackinac State Historic Parks is excited to launch its "Explore at Home" set of online resources. Here you'll be able to...
04/20/2020
Explore at Home - Mackinac State Historic Parks

Mackinac State Historic Parks is excited to launch its "Explore at Home" set of online resources. Here you'll be able to take a virtual tour of our historic sites, view exciting exhibits and demonstrations, watch our orientation movies, and much, much more. #thisismackinac #mackinacparks125

04/19/2020
Mill Creek

20 seconds of peace courtesy of Mill Creek State Park. #thisismackinac #mackinacparks125

Laundry technology and methods in the 18th century were highly specialized, and, in many cases, brilliant. Learn more he...
04/17/2020
It Will All Come Out in the Wash - Mackinac State Historic Parks

Laundry technology and methods in the 18th century were highly specialized, and, in many cases, brilliant. Learn more here:

#thisismackinac #mackinacparks125

According to some sources, the average American family washes 300 loads of laundry ever year. People are inherently dirty, and sweat, dirt, food, and many other things come into contact... Read more »

04/15/2020
Zen and the Sandusky

Dr. Charles and Jeri Feltner were instrumental to the creation of the Straits of Mackinac Shipwreck Museum at Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse. Sadly, Dr. Feltner passed away in February. Mackinac State Historic Parks is forever grateful for his generosity and honors his memory. Here is "Zen and the Sandusky" by Dr. Charles Feltner. #thisismackinac #mackinacparks125

Even though winter is over (although it is snowing today!), let's take a look back at Mt. Humbard, "The Only Island Ski ...
04/14/2020
“The Only Island Ski Resort in the World” - Mt. Humbard - Mackinac State Historic Parks

Even though winter is over (although it is snowing today!), let's take a look back at Mt. Humbard, "The Only Island Ski Resort in the World!" #thisismackinac #mackinacparks125

When you hear of skiing on Mackinac Island you probably think of the cross-country trails of the state park. However, in the early 1970s you could downhill ski on the... Read more »

04/11/2020
Where are your Pants? Dressing a French Canadian Voyageur

As we continue our look at how the various members of Michilimackinac's community got dressed and why they wore what they did, we answer one of our most asked questions: where are your pants? Let's take a look at a French Canadian Voyageur with our curator of history, Craig. #thisismackinac #mackinacparks125

Our archaeological program isn't limited to Colonial Michilimackinac. Extensive work has taken place throughout our syst...
04/10/2020
Archaeology at Old Mackinac Point - Mackinac State Historic Parks

Our archaeological program isn't limited to Colonial Michilimackinac. Extensive work has taken place throughout our system, including at Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse: #thisismackinac #mackinacparks125

Restoration of the Old Mackinac Point Light Station includes not only the ongoing work at the lighthouse, but the restoration and reconstruction of support buildings and landscape features. As with... Read more »

We have names! We'd like to thank everybody for the suggestions - there were SO many great choices and this wasn't an ea...
04/09/2020

We have names! We'd like to thank everybody for the suggestions - there were SO many great choices and this wasn't an easy task. We'd like you to meet Lilac, Scrappy, Bonnie, Anne, Lyle, and Breeze! We'll comment their names on their pictures. Additionally, we'll be sending messages to the winners with information on where to send tickets and the certificate. Thank you again, and make sure to come and say hi to the gang this summer at Colonial Michilimackinac! #thisismackinac #mackinacparks125

We need your help! We have six beautiful Dominique chicks that will be coming to work for us this summer at Colonial Michilimackinac, and they need names! Comment your suggestions under each individual picture. Winners will receive two tickets to Colonial Michilimackinac (you have to visit them, after all!) as well as an official naming certificate. #thisismackinac #mackinacparks125

For more info on why we chose Dominique chicks: https://www.mackinacparks.com/dominique-chickens/

We look forward to seeing your suggestions!

If you're anything like us, you've spent more time in Zoom meetings the past few weeks than talking with your family. Wh...
04/07/2020
Zoom Backgrounds - Mackinac State Historic Parks

If you're anything like us, you've spent more time in Zoom meetings the past few weeks than talking with your family. Why not bring a little Mackinac into the conversation? Follow the link to download various images of our sites. Enjoy! #thisismackinac #mackinacparks125

04/06/2020
Opening the Gardens

Just like in the 1770s, spring means it's time to get the gardens ready. Join interpretive assistant LeeAnn as we take a quick tour of the gardens at Colonial Michilimackinac and some of the work that goes into getting them ready for the season. #thisismackinac #mackinacparks125 mackinacparks.com

04/04/2020
Getting Ready with a British Grenadier

Now that we've seen how an 18th-century merchant got ready for the day, let's see how a member of the 8th regiment got dressed for the day. #thisismackinac #mackinacparks125

When you watch a rifle firing demonstration at Fort Mackinac, you are watching our interpreters fire authentic, 130-year...
04/03/2020
A Model 1884 Springfield Rifle - Mackinac State Historic Parks

When you watch a rifle firing demonstration at Fort Mackinac, you are watching our interpreters fire authentic, 130-year old Springfield .45-70 rifles. Learn a little more about the official rifle of the American army in the late 1800s: #thisismackinac #mackinacparks125

During the summer months, visitors to Fort Mackinac are able to see a real piece of history in action every single day. Historical interpreters representing soldiers from the 23rd Regiment... Read more »

Looking for something to keep your kids occupied for a little while? We have an easy to download and print collection of...
04/02/2020
Mackinac Fun Pages - Mackinac State Historic Parks

Looking for something to keep your kids occupied for a little while? We have an easy to download and print collection of coloring pages, mazes, connect-the-dots and more. See what we have to offer below: #thisismackinac #mackinacparks125

People travel from hundreds of miles away to visit the Straits of Mackinac, much like the voyageurs and fur traders hundreds of years ago. Looking for a way to keep... Read more »

To all of our visitors, followers and fans: Out of the overwhelming safety concern for our visitors and staff, as well a...
04/02/2020

To all of our visitors, followers and fans: Out of the overwhelming safety concern for our visitors and staff, as well as in following state and federal guidelines, we have made the decision to delay the opening of our historic sites on Mackinac Island and in Mackinaw City.

We are now looking at the following TENTATIVE opening dates:

These Mackinac Island sites will tentatively open Friday, May 22:
• Fort Mackinac
• The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum
• Mackinac Island State Park Visitor’s Center
• Fort Holmes Blockhouse
• Mission Church
• Bark Chapel
• Restrooms at Arch Rock and British Landing

The Biddle House, featuring the Mackinac Island Native American Museum, will open at a date to be determined, due to construction delays. The British Landing Nature Center will still open May 23, and Historic Downtown Mackinac will open June 6.

The following Mackinaw City sites are scheduled to open on Saturday, May 23:
• Colonial Michilimackinac
• Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse
• Restrooms adjacent to the Colonial Michilimackinac Visitor’s Center and within Michilimackinac State Park

Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park is now scheduled to open on Saturday, June 6.

Thank you for your understanding. This is an ever-changing and fluid situation, and these dates are certainly subject to change.

We look forward to welcoming guests to Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City and celebrating our 125th anniversary! #thisismackinac #mackinacparks125 mackinacparks.com/covid-19/

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We protect, preserve and present Mackinac’s rich historic and natural resources to provide outstanding educational and recreational experiences for the public. Our sites include Fort Mackinac, The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum and Historic Downtown Mackinac on Mackinac Island, and Colonial Michilimackinac, Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park and Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse in Mackinaw City. Join us throughout the 2020 season as we celebrate 125 years!

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Ahhh the geese are slowly getting back to work.
Ahhhh the ice mound forming day. The sun peeked out.
Such a powerful place.
Taken on 10-13-19
Chilling like a villain 🦹‍♀️
I was very disappointed in the staff. There was an accident and a request for a wheelchair was made, none on site. Instead we had to go inside and find a chair and took it. We had an elderly woman fall right in front of building and called 911. Never once did they ask if she was ok. Instead someone came out and yelled for us to move her out of the way. Seeing how she had fractured her left leg that was not going to happen. Top it off we were there with our Girl Scout troop. Wow!! Some People have no compassion !!
I had a wonderful time at Colonial Michilimackinac! The interpreters where amazing. I was inspired to come home and bake over the fire! The final results are in the comments. Thank you for showing me “living history”.
Dedicated park employee taking care of our flags no matter the weather.
Snapped this picture today while chaperoning Petoskey’s 3rd grade class field trip. Thanks for hosting us!