On behalf of Mackinac Associates, we want to thank you for supporting our fall 2018 appeal and helping us reach our goal to create a very special addition to our community. – the Mackinac Island Native American Museum to be developed at the Biddle House on Market Street. This year staff will be working on final design and selection of historical objects. Once the Biddle House closes for the season, construction will begin. Installation of displays and landscaping will be completed in early 2020 in time for the grand opening and dedication of the new museum in the summer of 2020.
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.