Mackinac

History
12:00 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

State to rebuild historic Fort Holmes on Mackinac Island

Fort Holmes was reconstructed by the WPA in the 1930s, but has deteriorated in recent years.
courtesy Phil Porter, Mackinac Island Historic Parks

School is winding down, the temperatures are rising, and that means it’s time to start planning those summer vacations. At the top of the list for a lot of people is Mackinac Island. The 3.8 square mile island in between the two peninsulas has been a beloved vacation spot for generations of Michiganders. This summer, history  buffs will have a special treat on the island as the Mackinac Island Historic Parks rebuilds the historic Fort Holmes.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:33 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Mackinac Island lays claim to fudge capital of the world

There are more than 15 fudge stores on Mackinac Island.
Credit Flickr/mackinacislandgal

This Sunday isn’t just Father's Day -- it's also National Fudge Day. By most accounts, the first batch of fudge was concocted in Baltimore in the 1880's. By the turn of the 20th century, fudge making arrived on Mackinac Island in northern Michigan.

 

The Michigan Public Radio Networks Rick Pluta tours the modern day "fudge capital."

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:59 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

The 250th anniversary of the attack on Fort Michilimackinac

Colonial Fort Michilimackinac was founded by the French in 1715. It came under British control in 1761.
Kevin Lavery WKAR

Memorial Day signals the start of the summer tourist season in Michigan, and the Straits of Mackinac is a traditional favorite for thousands of people. One of the area’s top attractions is Fort Michilimackinac, built by French fur traders in the early 1700's, and later turned into a British military outpost.

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