April 2018

 Dear Members and Friends,

“The weed, the rose, the wildwood or the plain
The teeming harvest or the blighted grain
All – all were fashioned beautiful and good
As his soul saw and sense understood.”
     Excerpted from an unpublished poem by James Whitcomb Riley

Early signs of spring bring thoughts of renewal and resurrection. It is a time to repurpose and plan for the coming months of growth. At Heritage Village the Mackinaw Area Historical Society is beginning the process of reopening our buildings and planning programs for the season’s visitors and events. It cannot be done without members and volunteers who support the work with investment of dollars and sweat equity.

From the Plowing of the Fields in May to Christmas in Mackinaw in December, a full season of events and storytelling will bring alive the history of the Mackinaw area in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, a period of transition and growth. Plans for this summer call for the completion of the Anishinaabe presence in Heritage Village; an exhibit of transportation in the Mackinac Straits at a downtown, waterfront venue; connection of fiber optic cables providing direct, on-site links to the internet; development of a railroad presence in the village; continuing searches for a barn and general store to add to the collection; and presentation of the Historic Festival in August.

Please consider being a part of the twentieth first century part of this story by becoming a member of our organization.  Community support is invaluable to sharing our message.

Catherine T. Freebairn, President and the MAHS Board of Directors

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Spring 2018 Membership Letter