Biddle House Project

Agatha Biddle

On behalf of Mackinac Associates, we are reaching out to seek your support for a very special addition to our community - the Mackinac Island Native American Museum to be developed at the Biddle House on Market Street.

Mackinac Island has been a sacred and historically significant place for Anishinaabek people (Odawa, Ojibway, and Potawatomi) for centuries. Oral tradition, supported by archaeological evidence, speaks of Native settlement dating back to 1000 A.D. From this point forward, Mackinac Island occupied a central place in the Anishinaabek world.

The exhibition “Agatha’s Mackinac” tells the Anishinaabek story of Mackinac Island from pre-contact to today through the experiences and relationships of Agatha Biddle (1791-1873), an Odawa woman whose life provides a lens through which to understand and appreciate this rich story.

In recognition of Agatha Biddle’s importance to the Anishinaabek people and the region, she was recently inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame.