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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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
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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

08/11/2019
Pasty Central

Pasty Central

August 10 - Pasty Central Day in History

1802 - Early Protestant preacher arrives in U.P.

A Michigan Thing
08/09/2019

A Michigan Thing

Test, what's your score?
Graphic provided by @MLIVE.

STARTS TONIGHT WITH HISTORIAN JENNIFER MCGRAW AT THE NEW STRAITS CULTURAL CENTER, 20 SOUTH STATE STREET, ST. IGNACE!!  T...
08/06/2019

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.

Discover St. Ignace
08/05/2019

Discover St. Ignace

Rendezvous at the Straits Powwow is only a few weeks away! It will be August 23-25. See flyer for more!

Joe and Cindy from Oregon City, Oregon traveled over 2000 miles in their Mini Cooper, to participate in “Mini on the Mac...
08/02/2019

Joe and Cindy from Oregon City, Oregon traveled over 2000 miles in their Mini Cooper, to participate in “Mini on the Mac” 😀

“Mini on the Mac”Mini Cooper scavenger hunt destination @ Fort de Buade Museum.  Bringing people from Sea to Shining Sea...
08/02/2019

“Mini on the Mac”
Mini Cooper scavenger hunt destination @ Fort de Buade Museum.
Bringing people from Sea to Shining Sea.
- Family from Orlando, Florida drove past Disney to get here!

Fort de Buade Museum shares Michigan history to visitors from all around the world. Guests who have signed our Book decl...
08/02/2019

Fort de Buade Museum shares Michigan history to visitors from all around the world.
Guests who have signed our Book declare the country they reside.
Germany 🇩🇪
Australia 🇦🇺
Mexico 🇲🇽
Canada 🇨🇦
Italy 🇮🇹
Slovakia 🇸🇰
UK 🇬🇧
Japan 🇯🇵
Colombia 🇨🇴
Paraguay 🇵🇾
USA 🇺🇸

08/02/2019
Pasty Central

Pasty Central

August 1 - Pasty Central Day in History

1855 - New York Times focuses on the U.P.

The Michilimackinac Historical Society is proud to present the program "Tracing the Triangle of History" during August, ...
07/31/2019

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.

When the Irish Créme runs out, you know it’s a good party. Cheers to the Irish heritage of the Michilimackinac Region! W...
07/27/2019

When the Irish Créme runs out, you know it’s a good party. Cheers to the Irish heritage of the Michilimackinac Region! We had such a blast, and hope you’ll join us for other celebrations in the near future! #Irish #cheers 🧡💚🇨🇮💚🧡

07/27/2019

What a roaring success our first MichMack Paddy Whack was this evening! Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate the Irish heritage of the Michilimackinac area and special thanks to the incredible music provided by Switchback. Cheers! 🍻💚🧡🇨🇮🇨🇮🇨🇮🧡💚🍻

Please stop in and visit Fort de Buade Museum downtown St. Ignace, Michigan.OPENMonday - Saturday 10:00am - 6:00pmSunday...
07/25/2019

Please stop in and visit Fort de Buade Museum downtown St. Ignace, Michigan.
OPEN
Monday - Saturday 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday 12:30 - 4:30

(Photo of the Museum of the Fur Trade
Chadron, NE)

We couldn't agree more!

St. Ignace Heritage Days 2019This event is brought to you by:Michilimackinac Historical SocietyMuseum of Ojibwa CultureS...
07/21/2019

St. Ignace Heritage Days 2019
This event is brought to you by:
Michilimackinac Historical Society
Museum of Ojibwa Culture
St. Ignace Visitors Bureau
Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians

Photos Courtesy -
Mackinac Images

Just a few pics from Heritage Days. Auto show is coming very soon...sorry for such a long delay! Please feel free to tag and/or share.

Please join us and see the proposed plans for the new Straits Cultural Center...coming soon!
07/15/2019

Please join us and see the proposed plans for the new Straits Cultural Center...coming soon!

This week! Open to the public!

MHS Board Member, Paula Mcnamara takes aim at the gun range.  Bravo Paula!!
07/15/2019

MHS Board Member, Paula Mcnamara takes aim at the gun range. Bravo Paula!!

MHS sponsors a black powder marksmanship Turkey Shoot during St. Ignace Heritage Days.
07/15/2019

MHS sponsors a black powder marksmanship Turkey Shoot during St. Ignace Heritage Days.

Saint IgnaceThe second-oldest city in Michigan founded in 1671. Various cultures of Native Americans had inhabited the a...
07/15/2019

Saint Ignace
The second-oldest city in Michigan founded in 1671.
Various cultures of Native Americans had inhabited the area for thousands of years before the first exploration here by French colonists.

The French arrive to the shore of Saint Ignace by batteau.
07/15/2019

The French arrive to the shore of Saint Ignace by batteau.

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