Fort de Buade Museum

Fort de Buade Museum Michilimackinac Historical Society's Fort de Buade Museum Complex - Historical Museum, Sweetgrass Art Gallery, McKenney & Hall Gallery, Heritage Center
Michilimackinac Historical Society's Fort de Buade Complex is open for the season!! Over 3500 artifacts depicting local and regional history from pre-contact Native American to the present. We house the Newberry Tablet and McGruer God stones, as seen on The History Channel's H2 program "America Unearthed" Great Lakes Copper Heist; "Captured Spirits"our newest addition in the McKenney and Hall Gallery which exhibits the complete set of 121 lithographs of Native American dignitaries not seen together since (we believe) the original oils were burned in a fire at the Smithsonian Institute in 1865. Also French Fur Trade, American and English Military items, and St. Ignace history! Please see the Schedule posted on our website at www.fortdebuade.com and plan your trip to St. Ignace and Fort de Buade Museum.
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For over three centuries, the Straits of Mackinac have been occupied by military establishments. Fort de Buade was built by the French in 1681, a decade after Marquette had established his mission in 1671 and called it St. Ignace. It's name was that of the family of Frontenac, the French Governor of North America. Until Detroit was founded in 1701, it was the first and most important French post west of Montreal, guarding the life lines of the fur trade. The fort’s commandant had charge of all other French forts in the West. Also known as Fort Michilimackinac, it was the first of three forts which were to bear this name and make up the triangle of history of the Straits area. Fort de Buade houses a fantastic collection of local artifacts, dating back nearly 8,000 years.

Michilimackinac Historical Society
08/20/2019

Michilimackinac Historical Society

Murals in St. Ignace!! Thank you Clement Family Dentistry for lending your building for art downtown!

Michilimackinac Historical Society
08/06/2019

Michilimackinac Historical Society

STARTS TONIGHT WITH HISTORIAN JENNIFER MCGRAW AT THE NEW STRAITS CULTURAL CENTER, 20 SOUTH STATE STREET, ST. IGNACE!!
The Michilimackinac Historical Society is proud to present the program "Tracing the Triangle of History" during August, 2019. We are very excited to have presentations by Jennifer McGraw, Luke Clyburn, and James Paquette and hope to see you there!! This program is hosted by the MHS and sponsored by the Mackinac Island Community Foundation. We thank the MICF for their continued support of Straits Area projects.

Michilimackinac Historical Society
07/31/2019

Michilimackinac Historical Society

The Michilimackinac Historical Society is proud to present the program "Tracing the Triangle of History" during August, 2019. We are very excited to have presentations by Jennifer McGraw, Luke Clyburn, and James Paquette and hope to see you there!! This program is hosted by the MHS and sponsored by the Mackinac Island Community Foundation. We thank the MICF for their continued support of Straits Area projects.

07/23/2019
Michilimackinac Historical Society

Michilimackinac Historical Society

Preserving the history of the St. Ignace, Mackinac County, Michilimackinac areas of Northern Michigan for future generations.

Michilimackinac Historical Society
07/11/2019

Michilimackinac Historical Society

Public is welcome!
Travel back in time and witness a
black powder muzzleloader contest this Sunday.
10:00am at the St. Ignace Gun Range.

05/07/2019
Michilimackinac Historical Society
08/01/2018

Michilimackinac Historical Society

“This is the best museum collection I have been to and I have been to the museums in Washington DC.”
- Tuesday’s guest observation

A "shout out" to the Fort De Buade Museum in St. Ignace for their nice exhibit commemorating WW1.  Several display cases...
07/30/2018

A "shout out" to the Fort De Buade Museum in St. Ignace for their nice exhibit commemorating WW1. Several display cases in the entry foyer filled with artifacts, information and local history. Thank you!!! I remain saddened by the lost opportunity and the mediocre job done by the State of Indiana and its localities during the 2016 Bicentennial and now, by the U.S., from Washington D.C to the smallest communities, in its general disregard for a world changing event which continues to impact us today. April 6, 1917 - Nov. 11, 1918. Please remember. Thank you. - Mike Judson

Michilimackinac Historical Society
07/27/2018

Michilimackinac Historical Society

Positive attributes from enthusiastic tourist who visit our museum, “Fort de Buade is keeping the story alive!”
- Visitor quote from Northeastern Wisconsin

Fort De Buade Museum OPEN 10-6Bridge Tower Raffle Tickets on SALE $5.00 Win a trip to the top of the Mackinac Bridge!
06/30/2018

Fort De Buade Museum OPEN 10-6
Bridge Tower Raffle Tickets on SALE $5.00
Win a trip to the top of the Mackinac Bridge!

“We Dig the Past”
06/25/2018

“We Dig the Past”

Native Paraprofessional Archaeologist, Jim Paquette (right) and special guest David Cusack (left), President of the Upper Grand Valley Chapter of the MI Archaeological Society join the 69th Annual UP History Conference.
- Fort de Buade Museum

Mid-Michigan Now
05/28/2018

Mid-Michigan Now

In honor of Memorial Day and the supreme sacrifice made by so many, the Mackinac Bridge Authority today is displaying the American flag from the south tower.

12/10/2017
Michilimackinac Historical Society

Michilimackinac Historical Society

Please visit our online store that has just opened on Shopify! Check back often to see all of the exciting products we have from our museum gift shops as well as more products to come from local artists as well as Native made items!

Again, a big thank you to Paula McNamara for the wonderful scene she painted at the Fort de Buade museum.  Stop by and h...
11/29/2017

Again, a big thank you to Paula McNamara for the wonderful scene she painted at the Fort de Buade museum. Stop by and have a look.

11/28/2017
Michilimackinac Historical Society

Michilimackinac Historical Society

Friends, on this Giving Tuesday the MHS hopes that you will consider choosing the Michilimackinac Historical Society for your charitable donation. You can do so by sending your check to MHS, PO Box 735 St. Ignace, MI 49781 or by visiting our website at michilimackinachistoricalsociety.com and becoming a member at one of the suggested levels, or a level comfortable for you. All proceeds go toward the operation of Fort de Buade Museum and other MHS programs. Thank you for helping us put the story in history.

Michilimackinac Historical Society
09/23/2017

Michilimackinac Historical Society

Tickets will be available at the door for the French Canadian Day presentations and dinner. Or call Fort de Buade Museum at 906.643.6627 between 10AM -2PM today to reserve. C'mon, get your French Canadian on!!! Celebrate your heritage, learn something new, and enjoy the great food and entertainment!! "Ain't no party like a MHS party, 'cause a MHS party don't quit" - C.C. Collins

Art Exhibition on display now until August 20,  in Fort de Buade Museum, Sweetgrass Gallery. It is a beautiful presentat...
08/12/2017

Art Exhibition on display now until August 20, in Fort de Buade Museum, Sweetgrass Gallery.
It is a beautiful presentation of Clyde Hart's Abstracts.

AUGUST 19 Culture and lifeways of Michigans first people presented at Fort de Buade Museum by Kris Daman
08/10/2017

AUGUST 19
Culture and lifeways of Michigans first people presented at Fort de Buade Museum by Kris Daman

Commanding General, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac left Fort de Buade in 1701 to establish Fort Ponchartrain.
07/26/2017
CuriosiD: That Waterway in Detroit, Is it a Strait or a River? | WDET

Commanding General, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac left Fort de Buade in 1701 to establish Fort Ponchartrain.

“It’s both,” says Alan Arbogast, professor and chairperson of the department of geography, environment, and spatial sciences at Michigan State University. “It’s probably one of the few places on earth where the term applies so well for both.”

Michilimackinac Historical Society
07/18/2017

Michilimackinac Historical Society

We are so excited to announce that we will be hosting a silent auction for the FIRST Original Lily painting by Paula McNamara to be sold. "Lily to the Rescue" will be available to be bid on by calling the museum at 906-643-6627 or by coming in to place your bid in person. The auction will close at 7pm Friday evening during the Reception for Paula McNamara's Art Exhibit at the Sweetgrass Gallery in Fort de Buade Museum. The painting will go to the highest bidder! Starting bid is $20. Proceeds to benefit the Michilimackinac Historical Society. Please share with your friends!

One of Michigan's oldest towns is celebrating!!!Join us July 14th - 16th as we commemorate St. Ignace History during Her...
07/13/2017

One of Michigan's oldest towns is celebrating!!!
Join us July 14th - 16th as we commemorate St. Ignace History during Heritage Days.
Bring your family and enjoy
~ FREE EVENTS ~
Check out Schedule below

One of Michigan's oldest towns is celebrating!!!
Join us July 14th - 16th as we commemorate St. Ignace History during Heritage Days.
Bring your family and enjoy
~ FREE EVENTS ~
Check out Schedule below

2016 - Project Lakewell teaches French Fur Trade History at Fort de Buade Museum.  Special guests return to the Museum i...
07/09/2017

2016 - Project Lakewell teaches French Fur Trade History at Fort de Buade Museum. Special guests return to the Museum in 2017 to show friends our collection and meet Mukwa La Femme. Chi miigwetch! Big Thank you!

TURKEY SHOOTBlack Powder Marksmanship Contest$100.00 Grand Prize All Traditional Muzzleloaders WelcomeSt. Ignace Heritag...
07/07/2017

TURKEY SHOOT
Black Powder Marksmanship Contest
$100.00 Grand Prize
All Traditional Muzzleloaders Welcome

St. Ignace Heritage Days Festival
Saturday - July 15 - 10:00am
St. Ignace Gun Range
M-123, Castle Rock Rd, Moran, MI 49760

Sponsored by:
Fort de Buade Museum
Michilimackinac Historical Society
906-634-6627

Photo image: Nick Barber

TURKEY SHOOT
Black Powder Marksmanship Contest
$100.00 Grand Prize
All Traditional Muzzleloaders Welcome

St. Ignace Heritage Days Festival
Saturday - July 15 - 10:00am
St. Ignace Gun Range
M-123, Castle Rock Rd, Moran, MI 49760

Sponsored by:
Fort de Buade Museum
Michilimackinac Historical Society
906-634-6627

Photo image: Nick Barber

Michilimackinac Historical Society
07/04/2017

Michilimackinac Historical Society

Happy 4th of July!! Rosie wins the contest!!

Welcome to St Ignace! Thank you for visiting Fort de Buade Museum while attending the 42nd annual car show!
06/24/2017

Welcome to St Ignace!
Thank you for visiting Fort de Buade Museum while attending the 42nd annual car show!

Welcome to St. Ignace!  Our town is rumbling with magnificent automobiles.  Stop into  Fort de Buade Museum while cruisi...
06/24/2017

Welcome to St. Ignace! Our town is rumbling with magnificent automobiles. Stop into Fort de Buade Museum while cruising the 42nd Annual Car Show.
We OPEN at 10:00am.

Students take part in an educational experience touring  Fort de Buade Museum downtown St. Ignace.  When in town during ...
06/21/2017

Students take part in an educational experience touring Fort de Buade Museum downtown St. Ignace.

When in town during your 2017 Summer Vacation please visit Fort de Buade and learn early Michigan history.

Michilimackinac Historical Society
06/16/2017

Michilimackinac Historical Society

Enjoying Market Street Art Walk on beautiful Mackinac Island! Sharing featured Anishnaabe artist Darryl Brown's exhibit at the MHS' Museum and Gift Shop located in the Carousel Shops. We hope that you enjoy them as well.

Thank you Keith Knecht for introducing us to the traditional art of making a goose wing fan with  a brain tan handle.  W...
06/10/2017

Thank you Keith Knecht for introducing us to the traditional art of making a goose wing fan with a brain tan handle. We appreciate your teachings.

A rewarding moment! The look on our students faces when they see a copy of an original lithograph portrait of Pocahontas...
06/10/2017

A rewarding moment!
The look on our students faces when they see a copy of an original lithograph portrait of Pocahontas for the first time.
McKenney and Hall Exhibit
Fort de Buade Museum
St. Ignace, Michigan

Looking forward to meeting you tomorrow in the Sweetgrass Gallery.  Visit Fort de Buade Museum Saturday, June 10  1:00pm...
06/10/2017

Looking forward to meeting you tomorrow in the Sweetgrass Gallery. Visit Fort de Buade Museum Saturday, June 10 1:00pm.
Craft a traditional Wing Fan.
Please join us!

The Sweetgrass Gallery in Fort de Buade Museum, St Ignace, MI.  The place to be this Saturday at 1:00pm.  Join us as we ...
06/06/2017

The Sweetgrass Gallery in Fort de Buade Museum, St Ignace, MI. The place to be this Saturday at 1:00pm.
Join us as we learn how to make a Traditional Wing Fan with Keith Knecht.

05/22/2017
Michilimackinac Historical Society

Michilimackinac Historical Society

Volunteers Needed!!! We are looking for someone to do light weekly cleaning as well as greeters for the front of the museum! Come be a part of exciting things happening at the Michilimackinac Historical Society and Fort de Buade Museum! ⚜️⚜️⚜️ Please share if you know anyone who might be able to help!

Michilimackinac Historical Society
05/14/2017

Michilimackinac Historical Society

We had a very successful work bee at the Historic Mulcrone House in St. Ignace today! The yard is starting to shape up nicely! Much thanks to Marian and Rick Mazur, Larry and Kathy Ferguson, Rick Perry, Erin Sweeney, Bill and Patty Peek, and I (Mary Beth Powers) helped and took some photos. Thanks to the Mazurs for the cookies and drinks!! Next one is Saturday, May 20, 9.00-Noon.

02/23/2017
Pasty Central

Pasty Central

February 23 - Pasty Central Day in History

Obits - 1848, 1906, 1924
1848 - Bitter cold U.P. Winter
1941 - U.P. born scientist discovers Plutonium

Hey St. Ignace!!  You don't want to miss this party!! Yooper food, music, auction, , PLAID.... the iconic Yooper State o...
01/28/2017

Hey St. Ignace!! You don't want to miss this party!! Yooper food, music, auction, , PLAID.... the iconic Yooper State of Mind! The community has been "over the top" generous with silent auction re-gifts, with more to come, and Michael Williford of V.I. trivia fame will be entertaining. Come on out and chase away those grey-sky, wintertime blues. Holy wah, I can see dem swampers flyin' to da Seger tunes already.

The Michilimackinac Historical Society
Preserving, promoting and interpreting
the history of the Michilimackinac region.

The Michilimackinac Historical Society appreciates the continued support of our community. All proceeds benefit the MHS and it's projects: Fort de Buade Museum, Captured Spirits on Mackinac Island, and the Historic Mulcrone House.

Fort de Buade Museum
01/26/2017

Fort de Buade Museum

Fort de Buade Museum's cover photo
01/20/2017

Fort de Buade Museum's cover photo

Michilimackinac Historical Society
01/19/2017

Michilimackinac Historical Society

Photos from Fort de Buade Museum's post
01/19/2017

Photos from Fort de Buade Museum's post

01/10/2017
Michilimackinac Historical Society

Michilimackinac Historical Society

The Michilimackinac Historical Society is embarking on a very exciting expansion and is in the process of gathering stakeholder feedback to help it plan for its future. Kennari Consulting is facilitating the Strategic Planning process.

Your valuable feedback will help us as we update the Strategic Plan. Please take 10 minutes to share your valuable feedback via an electronic survey. All responses are anonymous, confidential, and secure. Please click on the survey link below to activate.

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