The Mackinaw Area Historical Society offers lively local monthly programs featuring informative presentations on historically significant topics. In partnership with the Village of Mackinaw City we are also creating Heritage Village. Heritage Village's period is from 1880 through 1917, a time of unparalleled changes in lighting, transportation, communication, housing, health care and nearly every other aspect of Straits-area living. It also reflects an era from which a precious few buildings are still standing, and stories told by parents, grandparents and great grandparents abound.
This year's Historic Festival was held at Heritage Village on August 4. One of the highlights of the festival was the 1st Annual Pepper Footraces, which benefited both the Mackinaw Area Historical Society and the Mackinaw City Public Schools Athletic Department. For a narrative and photos of the Festival, go to EVENTS, where you can also find information on monthly speakers. To learn more about the society or Heritage Village go to ABOUT MAHS.
During the summer you may visit the village any day. But for tours conducted by docents we are open Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 1pm to 5pm. For more information on our buildings and attractions use our Audio Tour by phoning 231-486-0003 and keying in stops 201 - 213. We are continuing to add stops.
The most common response we receive when visitors find out how short a time we have been in existence and when the Village started is "WOW"! We are extremely proud of what we have done and our members' determination to move ahead.
A series of QR codes has been been set up to able visitors to hear recordings introducing them to the subjects and structures found in Heritage Village. You can hear the recordings on the Website, or at the various stops throughout the Village. Go to the Audio section of our menu for more.
To donate to the Society by using your credit card or PayPal account, go to the Volunteerism and Donations page at left and follow instructions.
Our annual Festival/Celebration will be held Friday night and Saturday, August 2nd and 3rd. To sign up for the 2nd annual Pepper Footraces that take place Saturday morning of the event, see instructions at the EVENTS/ANNUAL FESTIVALS/2013