Michilimackinac Historical Society

Michilimackinac Historical Society Preserving the history of the St. Ignace, Mackinac County, Michilimackinac areas of Northern Michigan for future generations.
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Stop by the Straits Cultural Center on your daily walk through St. Ignace to see this amazing  window exhibit!  The seco...
06/01/2020

Stop by the Straits Cultural Center on your daily walk through St. Ignace to see this amazing window exhibit! The second of many "Walk Up- Pop Up window displays this summer!

05/29/2020

Thank You!

Gros CapJust a little history of a place that most of us know as a "cruise" destination!!  Beautiful views of the Strait...
04/24/2020
Gros Cap Cemetery - Wikipedia

Gros Cap

Just a little history of a place that most of us know as a "cruise" destination!! Beautiful views of the Straits of Mackinac, wildlife, and of course the Mackinac Bridge. But there is more to that story.

Please feel free to add additional informtion to this post!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gros_Cap_Cemetery

The Gros Cap Cemetery, once known as the Western Cemetery,[3] is a cemetery located southeast of Gros Cap, Michigan on US 2. It is one of the oldest cemeteries in the United States to be continuously used,[2] and a portion is contained in the Gros Cap Archaeological District. It was designated a Mic...

Does anyone recognize this beautiful Ojibwa woman?  The caption says "Martha Ojibwa 1909".
04/22/2020

Does anyone recognize this beautiful Ojibwa woman? The caption says "Martha Ojibwa 1909".

02/02/2020

Thanks to all who attended last evening's Yooper Plaid Fest event supporting MHS' mission to keep history alive in the Straits area. "We put the story in history,!!"

01/28/2020
Pasty Central

Pasty Central

January 27 - Pasty Central Day in History

1880 - Edison receives patent
1883 - First lights in Michigan
. . . . (quickly reaches the U.P.)

Santa and Mrs. Claus were in St. Ignace helping to light the Christmas Tree downtown after the parade and visiting with ...
12/07/2019

Santa and Mrs. Claus were in St. Ignace helping to light the Christmas Tree downtown after the parade and visiting with kids at the Straits Cultural Center and then reading to kids at the St. Ignace Public Library! And of course Santa and Mrs. Claus always make sure to stay at the Breakers Resort when they're in town visiting!!!

The Michilimackinac Historical Society would like to thank all of you for your unending support throughout the year! On ...
12/03/2019
Donate — Mich Mack HS

The Michilimackinac Historical Society would like to thank all of you for your unending support throughout the year! On this Giving Tuesday we hope you will consider helping us to tell the story of the Straits region and keep this area’s history alive. Please consider making your donation by clicking http://www.michmackhs.org/donate, you can also give your gift as a dedication to someone or to celebrate a loved one’s memory.

Michilimackinac Historical Society is a place where stories come to life. Through intriguing artifacts and one-of-a-kind exhibits, we engage thousands of visitors each year in the rich, multi-faceted history of this region.  We believe that these exhibits should be open to everyone, so we do not ch...

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11/12/2019

WNEMTV5news

Check out this picture of the Mackinac Bridge! Some chilly temps this morning on the Mighty Mac, but we promise the water is still there somewhere.

Tom Skilling
11/06/2019

Tom Skilling

The month of November is known as the "deadliest month" on the Great Lakes. The month has seen 25 killer storms since since 1847. Gordon Lightfoot's haunting "Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald", which lays out the loss of the Fitzgerald and its crew of 29 in hurricane force winds in a perilous November 10, 1975 storm on Lake Superior, is known to all. But less well known is the so-called "White Hurricane of November 7-10, 1913. It's our country's most deadly inland maritime disaster. 19 ships were destroyed on four of the five Great Lakes and resulted in the loss of 250 lives.
The storm occurred before the era of computer models which would surely led to advance predictions of its onset. Winds hit 90 mph generating 35 ft. waves and what were described as "whiteout snowsqualls".
Read more here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Lakes_Storm_of_1913

MHS staff further their education.
11/05/2019

MHS staff further their education.

10/29/2019
Pasty Central

Pasty Central

October 29 - Pasty Central Day in History

1929 - Stock Market Crash
. . . U.P. hit hard, along with all of U.S

We hope to see you there and please share with your friends!
10/24/2019

We hope to see you there and please share with your friends!

Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula
10/20/2019

Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula

Message In A Bottle

Death staring them in the face, these brave souls scribbled their final words down on anything they could find, pieces of wood, scraps of paper, linens; folded it into a glass bottle, typically sealing with cork and a prayer, and tossed it into the churning seas.

It's impossible to know how many have been sent and either destroyed by the seas, lost forever, or perhaps, just maybe, still waiting to be discovered. Here are a few "messages in a bottle" discovered around the Great Lakes...

1. October 22nd, 1929 the S.S. Milwaukee was lost on Lake Michigan with 52 souls on board. The Milwaukee was an extremely tough ship, built to withstand the toughest weather conditions on the Great Lakes, but it was no match for the storm that whipped through on October 22nd, 1929...

"S.S. Milwaukee

Oct. 22, '29, 6:30pm

Ship is taking water fast. We have turned and headed for Milwaukee. Pumps are all working, but sea gate is bent and won't keep water out. Flickers are flooded. Seas are tremendous. Things look bad. Crew roll about same as last payday.

A.R. Sadon, Purser"

2. Discovered inside an old ketchup bottle by a fisherman's son. The Picton was a schooner lost in July 1880 with 7 souls. Dudley was the owner and Vessey was his 12 year old son. They were never found.

"Have lashed Vessey to me with heaving line so will be found together.

J. Dudley, Picton"

3. October 16th, 1880 the side-wheeler Alpena sunk with 80 souls. Parts of her wreckage washed ashore and this note was found wedged into a piece of wood.

"October 16, 3' o clock, on board the Alpena...she has broke her port wheel; is at Mercy of seas; is half full of water; God help us, Capt. Napier washed overboard. The finder of this note please communicate with my wife and let her know of my death.

George A.N. Moore, Chicago, Ill."

4. November 15th, 1883, the steamer Manistee was due to arrive in Ontonagon, but it disappeared. There was wreckage that washed ashore around what is now F.J. McLain State Park, but nobody knows what happened. In May 1885 the following note was found:

"This is of the Manistee, in a fearful storm. May not live to see morning. Ever yours in the world. John McKay, Captain"

5. The Rouse Simmons, famously called "The Christmas Ship" was a schooner that sunk in 1912. The ship left the Upper Peninsula with a load of trees, headed to Chicago, where anxious kids awaited it's arrival as it signaled the start of the holiday season. The ship, captained by "Capt. Santa" Herman Schuenemann was bound for Chicago with a cargo of Christmas trees when it foundered off Two Rivers, Wisconsin, killing her crew. A message in a bottle corked with pine was found in Sheboygan a few months after it's demise.

"Friday … everybody goodbye. I guess we are all through. During the night the small boat washed overboard. Leaking bad. Invald and Steve lost too. God help us."

Sources:
Bohnak, Karl. So cold a sky: Upper Michigan Weather Stories, 2006.
Stonehouse, Frederick. Haunted Lakes

1, - Onekama, Michigan
10/12/2019

1, - Onekama, Michigan

Sitting on top of the Might Mac

Photo by Michigan Sky Media taken in Oct of 2018

10/06/2019
Pasty Central

October 4 - UP Day in History

October 4 - Pasty Central Day in History

1641 - Sault Ste. Marie founded
1668 - Fr Marquette's mission established
1789 - Capt Sinclair arrives at Mackinac
1842 - Treaty of Lapointe

Historic Sacred Heart-Gros Cap Church Established in 1919. - Photo by Mackinac Images
10/04/2019

Historic
Sacred Heart-Gros Cap Church
Established in 1919.

- Photo by Mackinac Images

Looking back over my 2019 photos and realizing how little I have posted...except for events, of course! This was one of my favorites taken after our blizzard in February.

“Breaker breaker... Big Rigs park out front of Fort de Buade Museum. 10-4.”
09/14/2019

“Breaker breaker...
Big Rigs park out front of Fort de Buade Museum. 10-4.”

Fort de Buade Museum welcomes teachers from Mt. Pleasant, MI.  They drove three hours specifically to gaze our fascinati...
09/14/2019

Fort de Buade Museum welcomes teachers from Mt. Pleasant, MI.
They drove three hours specifically to gaze our fascinating collection of artifacts. Thank you for visiting!

Rain or shine! Mackinac Bridge 12th Annual Antique Tractor Show
09/08/2019

Rain or shine!
Mackinac Bridge 12th Annual Antique Tractor Show

When you visit St Ignace in September, you might witness - The Antique Tractor Show. Who doesn’t ❤️ a parade of tractors...
09/08/2019

When you visit St Ignace in September, you might witness -
The Antique Tractor Show.
Who doesn’t ❤️ a parade of tractors!

A must-see while in St Ignace: Intercontinental Indigenous Art Show going on at the Walker Building (across from the mar...
08/29/2019

A must-see while in St Ignace:
Intercontinental Indigenous Art Show going on at the Walker Building (across from the marina-S. State St.)
10:00am-6:00pm

Meet Anne of Virginia, Great-granddaughter 9xof Pocahontas.McKenney and Hall Gallery  Fort de Buade Museum
08/21/2019

Meet Anne of Virginia,
Great-granddaughter 9x
of Pocahontas.

McKenney and Hall Gallery
Fort de Buade Museum

Murals in St. Ignace!!  Thank you Clement Family Dentistry for lending your building for art downtown!
08/20/2019

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

The Round Island Light, also known as the "Old Round Island Point Lighthouse" is a lighthouse located on the west shore ...
08/20/2019

The Round Island Light, also known as the "Old Round Island Point Lighthouse" is a lighthouse located on the west shore of Round Island in the shipping lanes of the Straits of Mackinac, which connect Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.

A Michigan icon, the Round Island Lighthouse built in 1895. #m22life⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Photo: M22 Ambassador @drewmason

08/16/2019

Thanks to all who attended the La Compagnie concert at St. Anne's Catholic Church on Mackinac Island yesterday afternoon. Also, to Leann and the church staff, St. Ignace Area Community Foundation, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts for making the event possible. Have to smile when this band performs!

08/15/2019

I love my job! Le Compagnie on the deck of historic St. Anne's Catholic Church on Beautiful Mackinac Island. They will perform in St. Ignace tonight at 7 PM on the grounds of the Museum of Ojibwa Culture.

Unsalted Vacations
08/14/2019

Unsalted Vacations

Our awesome state from the sky!

Michigan Unsalted
08/14/2019

Michigan Unsalted

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Saint Ignace, MI
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Another moment in time.
A moment in time again. 2017. We Just visited again and remembered this great picture taken at the right moment.
Who was the lucky winner of the Mackinac Bridge Anchor Tour Raffle
Does anyone know who sculpted the statues at the Mackinac County Soldiers and Sailors War Memorial at St. Ignace? The sailor appears identical to one placed at Palatka, FL, by E. M. Viquesney. The two are compared side-by-side in the photo. Any information would be most helpful.
Hello, just a note to inform you of a 1905 photo album with lots of Mackinac Island photos in it. Thank you
The Straits of Mackinac has a rich history of the Anishinaabeg People (the Original People - the first indigenous people of the area). Join Project Lakewell for the St. Ignace Heritage Festival. This weekend July 14th - 16th. Sponsored by the Michilimackinac Historical Society
This weekend is St. Ignace Heritage Days. Visit Project Lakewell at the Museum of Ojibwa Culture and learn documented facts of the first Frenchmen who venture into a land of the unknown. We are excited to share history as it comes to life in one of Michigan's oldest cities. Sponsored by the Michilimackinac Historical Society