Bois Blanc Island Historical Society

Bois Blanc Island Historical Society The Bois Blanc Island Historical Society, founded in 1983, is dedicated to celebrating and preserving Island information, artifacts, stories and culture.
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MightyMac.org - The Mackinac Bridge
07/05/2019

MightyMac.org - The Mackinac Bridge

60 years ago today: Queen Elizabeth's royal yacht Britannia passing under the Mackinac Bridge on July 5, 1959. Traffic was halted at each tower for security, but hundreds of people left their cars and ran out on to the center span shouting, waving and seeking a view of the Queen. This was mid-day on Sunday of the Independence Day weekend and resulted in what was called one of the worst traffic jams ever in the Straits area. Photo courtesy of the Mackinac Bridge Authority.

MightyMac.org - The Mackinac Bridge
04/04/2019

MightyMac.org - The Mackinac Bridge

This old postcard shows Spectacle Reef Light, which was built in the early 1870s and is located 10 miles east of Bois Blanc Island. We have only viewed it from the air.

MightyMac.org - The Mackinac Bridge
03/03/2019

MightyMac.org - The Mackinac Bridge

Mackinac Island National Park was created 144 years ago today. It was America's second national park, coming three years after Yellowstone. The park was cared for by soldiers from Fort Mackinac. When the army closed the fort in 1895, the park was transferred to the state of Michigan, becoming “Mackinac Island State Park,” Michigan’s first state park.

MightyMac.org - The Mackinac Bridge
10/13/2018

MightyMac.org - The Mackinac Bridge

The post card shows the Cheboygan, Michigan Main Street in 1910. (about 15 miles southeast of the Mighty Mac.)

Myrna Westcott, one of our island artists, volunteered to paint the very worn sign hanging over the museum entrance.  Th...
09/03/2018

Myrna Westcott, one of our island artists, volunteered to paint the very worn sign hanging over the museum entrance. Thank you Myrna, it looks great!

LeAnna Plaunt McNamara, one of our volunteers, stands in front of the museum’s island school display. She remembers when...
09/01/2018

LeAnna Plaunt McNamara, one of our volunteers, stands in front of the museum’s island school display. She remembers when the Detroit News reporter visited the Pines School in 1954 and took this picture of her and Laura Maud McDonald, her teacher. LeAnna was 6 years old and the only student that year.
We ended our season today and want to thank all the volunteers. See you next summer!

Thanks Peter Struble!
08/30/2018
Juntunen Site - Wikipedia

Thanks Peter Struble!

The Juntunen Site, also known as 20MK1, is an archaeological site located on the western tip of Bois Blanc Island.[3] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.[1]

Owen, Gus and Max visited the library this week with their mom. Each of them found several books to take back to the cot...
08/11/2018

Owen, Gus and Max visited the library this week with their mom. Each of them found several books to take back to the cottage. Happy reading boys!

We had a great sister act at story time this week!  Storyteller, Katherine O’Leary, told two great stories this Wednesda...
08/02/2018

We had a great sister act at story time this week! Storyteller, Katherine O’Leary, told two great stories this Wednesday. One was a Native American tale about why turtles have lines in their shells and the other a story about an old lumberjack from the UP that was based on a true story about Katherine and Chris’s father. Chis McAfee told the kids how to make a magic corn stalk out of newspaper. Lots of good listening produced great results. It truly was a magical morning!

The airport was a great venue for our annual ice cream social and book sale. Thanks to all our volunteers and the folks ...
07/22/2018

The airport was a great venue for our annual ice cream social and book sale. Thanks to all our volunteers and the folks that support the museum. The Fly-In was so much fun despite the weather.

Bois Blanc Island Fire Department
04/10/2018

Bois Blanc Island Fire Department

Ever wonder about the fire tower that once stood here on Bois Blanc? According to DNR records, it was built in 1925 and dismantled in the mid-1950s. The tower stood 62 feet tall and had an open platform at the top. It was located on land owned by the Bois Blanc Sporting Club. You can still see the concrete footings of the metal tripod tower along the eastern edge of Fire Tower Road, north of the Twin Lakes public access. By the middle of the 20th century, Michigan had nearly 150 fire towers in operation across the state. Tower watchmen looked for wisps of smoke and notified crews of anything they spotted. Beginning in the 1930s and '40s, airplanes became the preferred means of spotting forest fires, and the towers were gradually taken out of service. To this day, columns of smoke seen from a distance are often the first sign of a fire on Bois Blanc, which is why it is imperative that every planned fire be reported to the BBIFD before it begins.

Michigan History Magazine
03/27/2018

Michigan History Magazine

The Historical Society of Michigan (our publisher) is offering a Spring Sale for their individual memberships! If you are a history buff itching to learn more about Michigan's past through more publications, lectures, conferences, and bus tours, check them out! If you join today, you will receive a FREE Historic Michigan Travel Guide--perfect for a sunny day road trip. Order yours today at: http://hsmichigan.org/join/grow-with-us/

Michigan History Magazine
09/02/2017

Michigan History Magazine

On September 1st in 1796, the American flag flew over Fort Mackinac for the first time as the British withdrew under provisions of the Jay Treaty, 1794. Have you watched the flag fly over the fort?

One more day to visit the island museum this year! We are open Saturday, September 2 and then close till July, 2018. Tha...
09/01/2017

One more day to visit the island museum this year! We are open Saturday, September 2 and then close till July, 2018. Thanks to all our volunteers for making it a great season. Thanks also to the Community Foundation for funding our new front door and flagpole.
I've included a photo of four books that I bought at The Purple Tree bookstore in Cheboygan this week for our library. Emily gave the Historical Society a 20% discount on these and some children's books. They will be part of our collection of nature books.
See you next year!

Wednesday was a busy day for the BBI Historical Society. JoAnna L. Munro-Duncan was our reader under the tent with stori...
08/17/2017

Wednesday was a busy day for the BBI Historical Society. JoAnna L. Munro-Duncan was our reader under the tent with stories about ferry boats and Coast Guard cutters. I could not resist including a photo of Noah and his dog Finleigh. Story time is a family affair!
Later, around 30 summer volunteers gathered at Bruce and Chris McAfee's for lunch. Jim Hutchinson, our president, manned the grille again this year. A big thank you to all our volunteers!

Mary Deery led story time today for a large group of island kids. Everyone got to paint an island cutout and make a key ...
08/09/2017

Mary Deery led story time today for a large group of island kids. Everyone got to paint an island cutout and make a key chain or necklace. Thank you Mary!
Levi and Hannah, pictured below, were there with grandpa Bob Stowe. They designed island key chains.
If you see JoAnna Duncan on your travels this week please thank her for making a commitment to this program, so many benefit from getting together with their island friends.

A big thank you to all that came out Friday night to hear Joe Lane's talk about The Great Lakes. It was very informative...
08/07/2017

A big thank you to all that came out Friday night to hear Joe Lane's talk about The Great Lakes. It was very informative and entertaining! Earlier in the day, Reinhardt Jahn invited Joe and some members to tour the lighthouse with him. I have included photos from both events. Thank you Reiny for your hospitality.

Another great island story time today with Dr Jane Lamp-Kaminski. The whole family was there to help with the project, m...
08/02/2017

Another great island story time today with Dr Jane Lamp-Kaminski. The whole family was there to help with the project, making an island memory framed with pine cones, lake stones and sliced tree rounds. Enjoy the photos taken under the tent. Jessica Ferrell, 10 years old, shares the frame she created. Thank you Jane, JoAnna and their families for a fun morning!

Great turn out and great weather for the ice cream social today!  If your down at Hawks be sure to say thank you to Larr...
07/16/2017

Great turn out and great weather for the ice cream social today! If your down at Hawks be sure to say thank you to Larry and Missy for donating the ice cream. Here are some of the folks enjoying the day.

07/13/2017

Two upcoming island events sponsored by BBI Historical Society:

Saturday, July 15 is our annual ice cream social and book sale at the museum from 2 to 4 pm.
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Friday, August 4 is Memory Night, 7 pm in the Wagner room. Our special guest Joe Lane will speak about SHIPPING and SHIPWRECKS in THE STRAITS of MACKINAC. Joe is a member of the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association and a narrator for Shepler's lighthouse tours. Join us and bring your questions for Joe.

We had a small crowd for story time today, so with the sky looking ominous we met inside. Lee Caulkins Keller read Kitte...
07/12/2017

We had a small crowd for story time today, so with the sky looking ominous we met inside. Lee Caulkins Keller read Kitten's First Full Moon. During the reading two spotted fawns came in to the parking lot to see what was up. The kids loved it. Here are a few shots of the fun, including one of Liam Keller, age 6, showing his first full moon design. Thank you Lee and Joanna Duncan for all your work.

07/07/2017

All are welcome to our annual ice cream social and book sale on Saturday, July 15th from 2 to 4 pm at the museum. Hope to see you there!

Our first event of the season was held today, and it was fantastic to see 29 children turn out for story time!  Joanna D...
07/05/2017

Our first event of the season was held today, and it was fantastic to see 29 children turn out for story time! Joanna Duncan, our coordinator, read and lead a craft table to make paper plate turtles. We are so lucky to have her! We want to have story hour every Wednesday this summer so we need volunteer readers to step up and pick a week that will work for them. Let Joanna know when you are available. Here are some photos from today during gathering time.

Two new children's books are available at the museum library, both are set in the Straits and feature Onyx, a Coast Guar...
07/29/2016

Two new children's books are available at the museum library, both are set in the Straits and feature Onyx, a Coast Guard morale dog. We have a nice selection of regional and nature books for kids and adults to check-out and enjoy. T, Th, and Sat 10-2 and during story hour Wed morning.

Hannah and Grace came down from their camp site at the North Shore for story time this morning. They made flower bookmar...
07/27/2016

Hannah and Grace came down from their camp site at the North Shore for story time this morning. They made flower bookmarks and pressed flower notecards. Thank you Mary Deery! Over 20 children joined the fun today.

We went island hopping last night at the Coast Guard Chapel with author Maureen Dunphy. BBI is one of her favorite Great...
07/23/2016

We went island hopping last night at the Coast Guard Chapel with author Maureen Dunphy. BBI is one of her favorite Great Lakes islands and is included in her new book which will be available for check out at the museum library. I think we all learned something new about the 135 Great Lakes islands accessible by bridge or ferry!

07/06/2016

BBI kids of all ages (including the grown-up kids)!!! Ms. JoAnna is here at the BBIHS Museum this morning - Wednesday, July 6 - to kick off summertime on Bob-Lo with the first STORY HOUR of the season! Cool books and activities involving a surprise BBI creature. Be there at 10:30am to join the fun!

Win vehicle and passenger boat tickets for the Kristen D, and more! BBIHS raffle tickets are available NOW! Just $2 per ...
07/05/2016

Win vehicle and passenger boat tickets for the Kristen D, and more! BBIHS raffle tickets are available NOW! Just $2 per raffle ticket or 3 tickets for $5. Drawing takes place at our Ice Cream Social on Aug. 6th at 3pm (need not be present to win). Get them at the Museum (open Tues/Thurs/Sat. from 10am-2pm) or by contacting Jim and Betty Hutchinson, Dan Reynolds, Mike White, Carol Church, Bruce McAfee... OR get them by mail by sending your payment with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to BBIHS, P.O. Box 933, Pointe Aux Pins, MI 49775. Thanks for supporting the BBI Historical Society., and good luck!!!

07/03/2016
Bois Blanc Island Historical Society

It is so easy to volunteer and the time flies by. I worked this Saturday and met so many nice people.

Starting in July, the BBIHS Museum is scheduled to be open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10am-2pm. To make it happen, we need YOU! Volunteer for a 2-hour shift, either 10am-noon or noon-2pm. Volunteering at the Museum is a great way to get acquainted with BBI history while helping visitors do the same. Stop into the Museum or message us to sign up!

06/28/2016

Starting in July, the BBIHS Museum is scheduled to be open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10am-2pm. To make it happen, we need YOU! Volunteer for a 2-hour shift, either 10am-noon or noon-2pm. Volunteering at the Museum is a great way to get acquainted with BBI history while helping visitors do the same. Stop into the Museum or message us to sign up!

06/14/2016

BBIHS Board Meeting is coming up on Saturday, June 25, and our Ice Cream Social is on Saturday, August 6th this year. Please join us!

04/12/2016

The historical society lost a great friend with the passing of Ruth Rowell. Ruth was a member of the board of directors. She had coordinated getting volunteers to man the desk and often did so herself. Ruth could be counted on to help open the museum in June and close it in September. When we lost one of our beloved islanders, Ruth would make a memorial donation to the library to purchase regional books. We will miss her so much and will remember her dedication.

Bois Blanc Island Historical Society's cover photo
02/17/2016

Bois Blanc Island Historical Society's cover photo

Here's our very own #TBT throwback to 1977. Did you know BBI and the North Star ferry were featured on the cover of Ford...
02/11/2016

Here's our very own #TBT throwback to 1977. Did you know BBI and the North Star ferry were featured on the cover of Ford Times (Ford Motor Co. publication) in November of that year? Look closely and you might recognize a few of the folks on deck, including Capt. Kevin Gibbons guiding that shiny new Fairmont on board. (Any Islander knows this was staged... No car has ever left BBI looking that clean!) :)

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I Love Boblo! My summer home was there (in the apple orchard next to the bar) for 12 1/2 years, Met some Great People there! GREAT MEMORIES!!!!!!!!!
What are the hours that it's open today?
Hello during a family camping trip last week on McRae bay at site of old sawmill boiler : we hiked east a short ways on north shore rd and on south side noticed debris field. This went 3 ridges south away from road. Appeared to be old dump. Children's & adult boot soles lots of old broken dishes, blue mason jars, old metal Cans, buckets etc. We put a lot of the larger metal pieces on a tree along north shore rd. To mark the location. Also a cast iron stove base, metal/porcelain coated buckets etc. Along that 1st ridge to the east we also located a man made square hole containing more debris...possible old cabin location. Some debris was buried deep in the cedar swamp & we gathered it & put it next to the old steam boiler. Don't know if your historical society would be interested in the location & items. Possibly it was the Kerr home family dump since it is short ways east of that family homestead. Lots of broken pottery, porcelain plates, cups etc. The north shore road was deep water so you would need a 4x4 truck to get to this location.