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Mackinac Island: The Jewel of Michigan

Mackinac Island has been a fur trading post, Revolutionary War site, Victorian resort destination and much more. Join us as we explore the history of this small island with a big story.
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Program No. 1575RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,249
Michigan

Mackinac Island: The Jewel of Michigan

Mackinac Island has been a fur trading post, Revolutionary War site, Victorian resort destination and much more. Join us as we explore the history of this small island with a big story.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,249
Program No. 1575 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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itinerary
Please Note:
The itinerary for this program is different on certain dates.
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Price will update based on selection
Prices displayed below are based on per person,doubleoccupancy.
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
May 16 - May 21, 2021
Starting at
1,299
May 23 - May 28, 2021
Starting at
1,299
Jun 6 - Jun 11, 2021
Starting at
1,649
Itinerary Note

The Mackinac Island Lilac Festival takes places during this week.

Aug 8 - Aug 13, 2021
Starting at
1,499
Sep 5 - Sep 10, 2021
Small group
Starting at
1,399
Oct 3 - Oct 8, 2021
Starting at
1,249
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
May 16 - May 21, 2021
Starting at
1,489
May 23 - May 28, 2021
Starting at
1,489
Jun 6 - Jun 11, 2021
Starting at
1,869
Itinerary Note

The Mackinac Island Lilac Festival takes places during this week.

Aug 8 - Aug 13, 2021
Starting at
1,719
Sep 5 - Sep 10, 2021
Small group
Starting at
1,599
Oct 3 - Oct 8, 2021
Starting at
1,449

At a Glance

Explore the treasures of Mackinac Island as you delve into the island's glorious history, geology, natural beauty, architecture and modern life. Discover old-world traditions as you learn about the island's early economic and military importance as well as its development as a Victorian resort. Customs and cultures will come alive through lectures and field trips with local residents and area experts. A field trip to Fort Mackinac and a carriage ride around the island will enhance your visit.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking 1–2 miles per day. Paved and unpaved roads, some hilly terrain, stairs.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Discover the valuable roles horses play on the island during a narrated carriage ride.
  • On a walk with a naturalist, explore the island's beautiful natural spaces up close, then juxtapose your natural encounter with afternoon tea amid the elegance of the historic Grand Hotel.
  • Learn why Mackinac’s Victorian homes are an important part of island history on a field trip with the Deputy Director of Mackinac State Historic Parks.

General Notes

Select dates are designated for small groups and are limited to 24 participants or less. Transportation by foot, horse-drawn carriage, bike.
Featured Expert
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Steve Brisson
Steve Brisson is the Deputy Director of Mackinac State Historic Parks. A Michigan native, he completed his graduate internship at the Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village. Steve previously worked as a curator for the State Historical Society of Wisconsin before joining Mackinac State Historic Parks in 1996. He has written several articles and books on Mackinac Island's history. He works out of the Mackinac State Historic Parks Mackinaw City office in the winter and the Mackinac Island office at Fort Mackinac in the summer.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Tom grew up in Lewistown, Illinois, and is a former faculty member at Central Michigan University (CMU). Tom taught mathematics at CMU, served in administrative positions, and advised actuarial students until his retirement in 2007. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Illinois State University, where he also taught for two years, and earned a PhD from the University of Missouri – Columbia. Tom lives in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, except for the winters when he often migrates to Orange Beach, Alabama.
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Jo Blunt retired in June of 2000 after working in education at the elementary and middle school levels as a special education teacher and student assistance specialist. Her degrees are in elementary education, psychology, and speech and education administration. A career in education has allowed Jo to pursue another love, traveling, in the summers. She has traveled extensively in the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America. Jo also enjoys reading, being outdoors, interacting with people, and some volunteer work for the Angela Hospice.
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Steve Brisson is the Deputy Director of Mackinac State Historic Parks. A Michigan native, he completed his graduate internship at the Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village. Steve previously worked as a curator for the State Historical Society of Wisconsin before joining Mackinac State Historic Parks in 1996. He has written several articles and books on Mackinac Island's history. He works out of the Mackinac State Historic Parks Mackinaw City office in the winter and the Mackinac Island office at Fort Mackinac in the summer.
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Jeff Dykehouse has worked for the Mackinac State Historic Parks (MSHP) since 1983 and is the Curator of Natural History for the MSHP. Trained as a biologist, he has worked as an interpretive naturalist, environmental educator, research biologist, and audiovisual specialist for a number of Michigan’s State and National Parks. Jeff has been a “birder” all his life and has had a master Federal Bird Banding permit for over 30 years. Jeff lives on the shore of Lake Huron near Cheboygan with his wife Laurie (a middle school science teacher) and their three children.
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Patricia Martin View biography
Patricia Martin has a master’s in field botany from Central Michigan University and wrote her thesis on Mackinac Island’s vascular plants. She has a bachelor’s in biology and chemistry and a certificate in secondary education. She worked as both a natural history interpreter and head historic house interpreter for the Mackinac State Historic Parks for 11 years and has run her family house, Bogan Lane Inn, as a bed and breakfast. She also writes the weekly “Nature Notes” column for the Mackinac Island Town Crier.
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Mackinac Island (Images of America Series)
by Tom North
From historical richness to unparalleled natural beauty, Michigan's Mackinac Island is the crown jewel of the Great Lakes, unique in America. Native American visitors preceded French explorers and missionaries of the 17th century. Forts were established and battles fought between American and British soldiers. Commerce, including fur trading and fishing, later surpassed military importance, in turn yielding to the tourism industry that has dominated the past 150 years. Accessible by water, "ice bridge," or air, Mackinac Island encompasses a state park, harbor, city, and Victorian hotels and homes. A permanent automobile ban helps preserve the island's historic character, leaving land movement to foot, bicycle, and horse-drawn carriage. This book uses historical photographs to depict Mackinac Island heritage and culture. Rare images capture bygone days and lifestyles on this island where 19th century charm surprises and intrigues even today.
Mackinac Island: Three Hundred and Fifty Years of History
by Robert E. Benjamin
This guide to the history of Mackinac Island will increase any visitor's enjoyment of this beautiful and historic island. This chronological account of the significant events in the island's history is illustrated by fascinating photos both current and historical.
The Legend of Mackinac Island
by Kathy-jo Wargin
Beautifully illustrated story incorporating Indian legends of Mackinac Island. Retells the story of the great turtle Makinauk that enlists the aid of other animals to help create the special place known as Mackinac Island, and their discovery of new lands and long-lasting friendship. llustrated by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen.
Mackinac Island Adventures
by Lynda Hepker and Steven Hepker
An introduction to island culture and adventures on beautiful Mackinac Island. Written by year round residents of the island, this booklet offers information that you should know before traveling to Mackinac Island. Plus, a little history, some fun facts, things to see and do off the beaten path, and a little humor about how residents live on the island through the fours seasons of Michigan.
Fudge: Mackinac's Sweet Souvenir
by Phil Porter
Mackinac Island and fudge. Both symbolize indulgence, fantasy and escape. But there's more to fudge than sugar, butter, chocolate and cream. In this book, historian Phil Porter stirs up the past to find the hard work and sometimes bitter controversy behind this sweet souvenir. In his hunger for truth and historical accuracy, Porter dug deep into the kitchens and cupboards of the fudge culture. No appetite for history, no taste for sweet truth will be satisfied without reading Fudge: Mackinac's Sweet Souvenir.





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