Recent News



DePeyster Painting

Mackinac Associates Acquires Two Rare Paintings
November 2022

This fall we are seeking support for a very significant addition to our collection. We are very excited to announce the acquisition of two rare paintings that contribute to the story of Michilimackinac. Through a recent auction in London, Mackinac State Historic Parks was able to acquire original paintings, done pre-1790 of Arent Schuyler DePeyster and his wife, Rebecca Blair DePeyster, that had previously been in a private collection.

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Donate to the 2022 Fall Appeal. 



Native American exhibit

Friends Preserving and Sharing Mackinac’s Heritage
Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Mackinac Associates helps fund projects both large and small and this past year was no exception with nearly $200,000 in projects sponsored across Mackinac State Historic Parks sites and operations.

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Nicole Doud, Heather Martin Elected, David Levy Appointed to Mackinac Associates Board of Trustees
Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Nicole Doud, of Mackinac Island, and Heather Martin, of Kenilworth, Illinois, were unanimously voted to the Mackinac Associates Board of Trustees at its annual meeting August 20. In addition, appointed member David Levy, of Mackinac Island, was introduced to the membership after being appointed to fill a vacant seat at the July 8 board meeting.

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2022 Annual Meeting for Mackinac Associates
Saturday, August 20, 2022

In celebration of 40 years, Mackinac Associates is excited to welcome Dennis O. Cawthorne as our guest speaker. View the event flyer...

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Mackinac Associates: Celebrating 40 Years of Supporting Mackinac State Historic Parks
June 2022

In 1982, Mackinac Associates received its official 501(c)(3) status, and the organization that we know and love was officially born.

Learn more here.



2022 Spring Appeal for the Southwest Rowhouse Addition at Colonial Michilimackinac  Launched
April 2022

View the press release announcing the spring appeal.

Make a donation to the spring appeal on our Donate page.



2021 Fall Appeal for Renovation of the Dr. Beaumont Museum Launched
December 2021

View the press release announcing the fall appeal.




Brian BaileyJoan Slater

New Trustees Elected to Mackinac Associates Board
September 2021

View the press release announcing the new trustees.



2021 Spring 2021 Appeal for Accessibility Launched
April 2021

View the press release announcing the spring appeal.



2020 Fall Appeal for Michilimackinac Archaeology Field Project Launched
November 2020

View the press release announcing the fall appeal.



Steve Brisson

Steven C.Brisson Appointed Director of Mackinac State Historic Parks
September 29, 2020

View the press release announcing the appointment.



Todd CallewaertNatalia Wohletz

New Trustees Elected to Mackinac Associates Board
August 2020

View the press release announcing the new trustees.



Annual Meeting

Mackinac Associates G. Mennen Williams Celebration Moved to September 12, 2020
May 2020

View the announcement concerning the change in date.



Annual Meeting

Spring Appeal for Unrestricted Donations
April 2020

View the announcement outlining a change in focus for our Spring Appeal.



Annual Meeting

Fall Appeal Announced: Renovation of the Kids' Quarters
November 2019

We are excited to announce that we are renovating one of Fort Mackinac’s more popular exhibits – the Kids’ Quarters. With your help we can create a fresh space for kids of all ages to explore many facets of life at Fort Mackinac.

Read the letter announcing this exciting new Fall Appeal initiative.



Annual Meeting

2019 Mackinac Associates Annual Meeting
August 2019

Members gathered at Historic Mill Creek for the 2019 Mackinac Associates Annual Meeting.

View the Annual Meeting Recap from Pete Pellerito, President of Mackinac Associate.



Annual Meeting

New Mackinac Associates Board Members Elected
August 2019

Stephen Murray and Sheldon Smith were elected to replace outgoing members Mary Jane Barnwell and Mark Mercer.

View the press release announcing the new members.



Evan Working

2019 Spring Appeal Launched
April 2019

We are excited that the 2019 season for the Mackinac State Historic Parks’ sites is finally here! This means it is also time for our spring appeal. There are a variety of new things to see and experience this season at park sites. The many projects that have been completed are made possible by support from you as a loyal member of Mackinac Associates.

View the letter from Director Phil Porter and President of Mackinac Associate Peter Pellerito announcing our Spring Appeal.



Education Outreach

2019 Education Outreach Session Set to Begin
January 15, 2019

Mackinac State Historic Parks closed for the 2018 season in early October and will not reopen until early May for 2019. However, that doesn’t mean MSHP has stopped interpreting its history to the youth of Michigan.

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Michelle Walk

Michelle Walk Hired as Membership and Grants Coordinator
September 4, 2018

Mackinac State Historic Parks is pleased to announce the hiring of Michelle Walk as Membership and Grants Coordinator, replacing Diane Dombroski, who retired July 31. Michelle started on Monday, August 27, and her office is located at the Petersen Center Administrative Building in Mackinaw City.

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