Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc.

The United States Coast Guard Cutter MACKINAW WAGB-83 was built as part of the war effort during World War II to meet the heavy demands placed on industry for an increase in production of war materials. Tremendous increases in the movement of iron ore, limestone and coal for the nation’s steel mills were particularly necessary. In order to keep tonnage on the move into the winter months an icebreaker was needed. Congress authorized construction of MACKINAW on December 17, 1941, ten days after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Funds were provided from a Special Presidential Fund used to expedite desirable projects.

MACKINAW was built in Toledo, Ohio at a cost of ten million dollars. The keel was laid on March 20th, 1943 at the Toledo Shipbuilding Company, which had won the contract. Various delays in completion involved such heavy penalties that the firm was forced into bankruptcy and the contract was taken over by the American Shipbuilding and Dry-dock Company. The hull was launched March 4th, 1944 and MACKINAW was commissioned on December 30th, 1944. Cheboygan remained her home port her entire life.

131 S. Huron Ave.
Mackinaw City, MI 49701 

Mackinaw Area Historical Society/Heritage Village

In partnership with the Village of Mackinaw City, the Mackinaw Area Historical Society is well underway in their development of Heritage Village.  On approximately 143 acres of land just west of Mackinaw City, visitors can enjoy discovery trails, historic buildings, a covered pavilion, a restored log home, a sawmill and much more. 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.

The Mackinaw Area Historical Society offers lively local monthly programs featuring informative presentations on historically significant topics. ​

1425 W. Central Ave.
Mackinaw City, MI 49701 

Mama Mia’s Pizzeria

Family fun with delicious pizza, an arcade, and of course home of the free Mackinaw Bridge Museum.

231 E. Central Ave.
Mackinaw City, MI 49701 

McGulpin Point Lighthouse

We welcome tens of thousands of visitors to our site each year, and we enjoy talking with you all
and telling you about the rich history of McGulpin Point!
Admission is $3/person. Children under 5 years of age are free.

500 Headlands Dr.
Mackinaw City, MI 49701 

Michilimackinac Historical Society

In 2003 a committee was formed by the Mackinac County Economic Development Commission to study the impact of history and historic sites on the local economy.  The members of that committee were Jim North, Mark Mercer, Cheryl Schlehuber, and Jennifer McGraw.

Word spread of the committee’s work and there was a great deal of interest.  Soon the committee members included those above and Wes Mauer, Barbara Brown, Ollie Boynton, Don McKinnon, Keith Massaway, Cynthia Oliver, Paul Grondin, and Gary Caulkins.  Others asked to join.

It was determined that there was enough interest to reinstate the corporate status of the Michilimackinac Historical Society which had disbanded in the 1980s.  Keith Massaway undertook that project.

In the fall of 2004 the first membership meeting was held and over 80 people attended.  Soon after the group held it’s first election and Keith Massaway became the first president.  Initial goals included creating a repository for artifacts and documents and finding some way to save the Fort de Buade Museum.

Projects to date have been numerous besides the Fort de Buade which is our shining star.  Those projects include writing and publishing the St. Ignace Historical Walking Tour booklet, publishing 2 books – The Company and the Community by Patricia McCreary and the Reminiscences of David Corp, various educational programs including walking tours and cemetery tours, donating books to the St. Ignace library to fill out their Michigan history section, sponsoring genealogy workshops, education on Native American culture, and book signings,  researching and gathering oral histories and genealogy, collecting historic photos, and a general exchange of historical information and brainstorming on how to better educate the community and visitors to the community about this information.

Our future goals include Chief Dock restoration, converting space at the museum for a family history room, and preparing a history of the outlying areas of St. Ignace.

334 E. State St.
St. Ignace, MI 49781 

Original Mackinaw Bridge Museum

Located above MaMa Mia’s Restaurant, the Mackinaw Bridge Museum was created by the restaurant’s owner, J. C. Stilwell, who was one of the Ironworkers who built the Mighty Mac – The Mackinac Bridge. The museum began when JC purchased a spinning wheel (used to build the massive Mackinac Bridge cables on the spot) and a copy of a movie about the building of the bridge. Ironworkers from around the country began donating items to the museum, including a diving suit, documents, photographs, and many tools and parts used during the construction of the Mackinac Bridge.

231 E. Central Ave.
Mackinaw City, MI 49701 

Sault Historic Sites

Sault Historic Sites was founded in 1967 as a nonprofit corporation with the mission of preserving, restoring, and presenting the history of Sault Ste. Marie to visitors and local residents alike. Starting with the acquisition of the Museum Ship Valley Camp, Sault Historic Sites now owns and operates several locations in Sault Ste. Marie. Be sure to visit our historical sites on your next trip to Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula.

501 E. Water St.
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783