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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Football, cash or beautiful jewelry! Get your raffle tickets online by visiting michmackhs.org click online and then cli...
09/24/2020

Football, cash or beautiful jewelry! Get your raffle tickets online by visiting michmackhs.org click online and then click tickets. Tickets are also available in the Museum Store or our office. You can also contact by emailing [email protected]

#TBT St. Ignace men's basketball team circa 1950s. In the photo are Merle Sorenson, Bob Bishop, Jimbo Soeltner, Stanley ...
09/24/2020

#TBT St. Ignace men's basketball team circa 1950s. In the photo are Merle Sorenson, Bob Bishop, Jimbo Soeltner, Stanley St. Louis, Moie Brown, Jim Bishop, and Glenn Law Sr. If you know who the other players and coaches not listed above, please share with us!

New product in the Museum Store! Sold with battery tea light. Stop in and pick these hand made ceramic candle holders up...
09/21/2020

New product in the Museum Store! Sold with battery tea light. Stop in and pick these hand made ceramic candle holders up, Wednesday- Saturday 10:00-5:00. 334 N State Street, St. Ignace.

Guess the Artifact! Today's artifact is a cast iron cooking utensil and is 26 inches long and 5 1/2 inches wide (at its ...
09/21/2020

Guess the Artifact! Today's artifact is a cast iron cooking utensil and is 26 inches long and 5 1/2 inches wide (at its widest point). What is it?

The correct answer to this weeks "Guess the Artifact" is a fishing net float. Stay tuned for next week's "Guess the Arti...
09/18/2020

The correct answer to this weeks "Guess the Artifact" is a fishing net float. Stay tuned for next week's "Guess the Artifact" post!

#TBT Indian Village in St. Ignace circa 1940s to 1950s. Check out more historical photos of St. Ignace and the surroundi...
09/17/2020

#TBT Indian Village in St. Ignace circa 1940s to 1950s. Check out more historical photos of St. Ignace and the surrounding Straits Area on display at the Straits Cultural Center!

Our collection highlights the lives and traditions of many tribes, including the Ojibwa who still live in this region to...
09/15/2020
Sponsor an Artifact — Mich Mack HS

Our collection highlights the lives and traditions of many tribes, including the Ojibwa who still live in this region today. We keep many items in safe storage out of respect for Native culture and customs. The items on display in the Straits Cultural Center will showcase the creativity, artwork, and lifestyles of the tribes native to this region. The rich tribal history of this region draws many people to see our collection. You can sponsor artifacts such as these by visiting us at https://www.michmackhs.org/sponsor-an-artifact

Guess the Artifact! This metal cylindrical artifact is 13.5 inches long with a circumference of 11.5 inches. What is it?
09/14/2020

Guess the Artifact! This metal cylindrical artifact is 13.5 inches long with a circumference of 11.5 inches. What is it?

New Chunkies have arrived! Stop in and check them out at the museum store. 334 N State Street St. Ignace. Open Wednesday...
09/14/2020

New Chunkies have arrived! Stop in and check them out at the museum store. 334 N State Street St. Ignace. Open Wednesday-Saturday 11:00-5:00 or by appointment.

#TBT Visitors of Mackinac Island circa 1910s-1920s. (Photo is colorized)
09/10/2020

#TBT Visitors of Mackinac Island circa 1910s-1920s. (Photo is colorized)

Our “Sponsor an Artifact” campaign launches today!  Visit us at https://www.michmackhs.org/sponsor-an-artifact to get in...
09/10/2020
Sponsor an Artifact — Mich Mack HS

Our “Sponsor an Artifact” campaign launches today! Visit us at https://www.michmackhs.org/sponsor-an-artifact to get involved – it’s full of fascinating artifacts that will live in our new building, the Straits Cultural Center. Your sponsorship helps us preserve this precious collection so we can share it. Find your place in history with the artifact that speaks to you!

#TBT Chief Wawatam, a D&C side-wheel passenger ship, and two small passenger ferries circa 1923-1930s.
09/03/2020

#TBT Chief Wawatam, a D&C side-wheel passenger ship, and two small passenger ferries circa 1923-1930s.

Moving sale Friday,  September 4 only. 10:00am-5:00pm Forte de Buade museum. 334 N State Street St. Ignace. Tables, disp...
09/03/2020

Moving sale Friday, September 4 only. 10:00am-5:00pm Forte de Buade museum. 334 N State Street St. Ignace. Tables, display case, Christmas lights, & lots of odds and ends.

09/02/2020

Check out these awesome pictures done by Michigan artist Jack Oyler. Stop down to the museum store to get a better look. 334 N State Street St. Ignace, MI. Also check out our store on line at www.michmackhs.org

This weeks "Guess the Artifact" is going to be a little different. We want you to help us identify the artifact pictured...
09/01/2020

This weeks "Guess the Artifact" is going to be a little different. We want you to help us identify the artifact pictured below. We know its a harpoon of some kind, but we cannot determine what animal was hunted with this harpoon. What is it?

Most of the commenters correctly guessed the artifact on Monday's "Guess the Artifact" post. Way to go! The correct answ...
08/28/2020

Most of the commenters correctly guessed the artifact on Monday's "Guess the Artifact" post. Way to go! The correct answer was oxen shoes. One of the oxen shoes was hand forged by a blacksmith and the other was machine-made. Stay tuned next week for our next "Guess the Artifact" post!

#TBT Workers and other onlookers view the Mackinac Bridge from St. Ignace circa 1950s. See more historical photos of St....
08/27/2020

#TBT Workers and other onlookers view the Mackinac Bridge from St. Ignace circa 1950s. See more historical photos of St. Ignace, Mackinac County, and the Straits Area on display at the Straits Cultural Center!

08/25/2020

Craft Show, Saturday, September 5 and Sunday, September 6. 10-6:00. Looking for vendors and shoppers. At the Walker Building lots of room outside and inside. Located downtown St. Ignace. If interested in a space PM Sue Lasley St. Louis.

08/24/2020

Here is our post for this week. Beautiful art, stop in for a look at 334 N State Street, St. Ignace.

Guess the Artifact! These artifacts could be found on a hooved animal. What is the artifact?
08/24/2020

Guess the Artifact! These artifacts could be found on a hooved animal. What is the artifact?

A couple of the commenters correctly guessed the artifact for Monday's "Guess the Artifact." The correct answer is...can...
08/21/2020

A couple of the commenters correctly guessed the artifact for Monday's "Guess the Artifact." The correct answer is...candy press! The model we have in our collection was patented in 1871. Stay tuned next Monday for our next "Guess the Artifact" post!

Friday Find! Sometimes cleaning out your garage leads to extraordinary rediscoveries! We rediscovered a cabinet with Mac...
08/21/2020

Friday Find! Sometimes cleaning out your garage leads to extraordinary rediscoveries! We rediscovered a cabinet with Mackinac County Treasury records from the 1890s to the 1910s!

#TBT A day at Brevort Lake circa 1910s. Check out more historic photographs of St. Ignace and Mackinac County on display...
08/20/2020

#TBT A day at Brevort Lake circa 1910s. Check out more historic photographs of St. Ignace and Mackinac County on display at the Straits Cultural Center!

Moving Sale! With demolition to the Walker Building starting soon, we are selling several items to clear up space before...
08/18/2020

Moving Sale! With demolition to the Walker Building starting soon, we are selling several items to clear up space before demolition begins. We will be having our sale on Friday, August 21. Below are just some of the items that will be up for sale!
Note: The items up for sale are not museum artifacts.

08/17/2020

The Museum Store collaborates with the Voyager Trading Post to display many Michigan Artist’s work. It is a must stop and see for locals and tourist to see these beautiful hand made pieces.
334 N State Street, St. Ignace MI

Guess the Artifact! This hand-cranked artifact would've been found at a local pharmacy. What is it?
08/17/2020

Guess the Artifact! This hand-cranked artifact would've been found at a local pharmacy. What is it?

08/14/2020
MHS is excited to host The Too Happy Voyageurs featuring Genot Picor and Brother Jim performing an outdoor concert at th...
08/14/2020

MHS is excited to host The Too Happy Voyageurs featuring Genot Picor and Brother Jim performing an outdoor concert at the Straits Cultural Center/former Walker Furniture Building tonight at 6pm! Be watching FB Live to join in and see the concert!

The commenters on Monday's "Guess the Artifact" were very accurate in their answers! This artifact is a late 18th/early ...
08/14/2020

The commenters on Monday's "Guess the Artifact" were very accurate in their answers! This artifact is a late 18th/early 19th hand-forged iron scale used in the fur trade. Stay tuned on Monday for our next "Guess the Artifact" post!

#TBT With the start of school right around the corner. Here is a throwback photo of the old La Salle High School in St. ...
08/13/2020

#TBT With the start of school right around the corner. Here is a throwback photo of the old La Salle High School in St. Ignace. Check out more historic photographs of St. Ignace on display at the Straits Cultural Center!

This hand-forged iron instrument was a useful tool in trading commerce around the Great Lakes region. What is it?
08/10/2020

This hand-forged iron instrument was a useful tool in trading commerce around the Great Lakes region. What is it?

08/10/2020

You can only find these Chunkies in the U.P. At the Museum Store. They are great for gardens, porches or inside on the mantle or on the floor. Stop in and check them out Tues.- Sun. Noon to 5:00. Visit our on line store at michmackhs.org.

08/07/2020

MHS is happy to present Clarlyn Ledy with her gourd art. For more information about our programs and events please visit us online at www.michmackhs.org!

#TBT La Rocque's Drug Store of St. Ignace circa 1920s. See more historic photos of St. Ignace on display at the Straits ...
08/06/2020

#TBT La Rocque's Drug Store of St. Ignace circa 1920s. See more historic photos of St. Ignace on display at the Straits Cultural Center!

08/03/2020

Here is this week's Museum Store highlight. We have a great book selection about history in our area and children’s books. Stop down and visit us at 334 N State Street, St. Ignace. You can also visit our store online by going to michmackhs.org and clicking "Shop Online".

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334 N. State Street
Saint Ignace, MI
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This might be of interest to fellow Michilimackinac/Mackinac researchers. The original was published in 1854 and the supplement was published in 1888.
Hello, Anyone able to give me more info about this Wells Fargo & Co Tomahawk or how much it could be worth?? It is stamped “ Property of Wells Fargo & Co Ex” on one face and “ Santa Fe RR route 1880” on the other. Measure 40x20x3 centimeter, weight 900grams. Thanks
Thought that you might want to share this history on Father Marquette, from The Betsie Current, since Michilimackinac was integral to his story!
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