Skip to main content

Who We Are - The Mackinac Island Digital Library

 

The Mackinac Island Digital Library contains images, videos, audio recordings, and articles describing beautiful Mackinac Island, located in Lake Huron at the eastern end of the Straits of Mackinac, between Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas.

 

 

Mackinac Island was originally named “Michilimackinac” or “Great Turtle” by the Native Americans who lived there.  Although Mackinac has a long Native history, with archaeologists dating artifacts back to about 900 CE, it wasn’t a major part of American History until July 1812, where the Siege of Fort Mackinac became one of the first battles of the War of 1812. Following the Civil War, the island became a popular tourist destination for residents of cities on the Great Lakes. In 1875, much of the island was designated as a Federal National Park leading to an influx of tourists (eventually becoming Michigan’s first state park). The 1880’s lead to a boom in hotels and shops, with wealthy individuals also constructing private summer cottages. Several recent images of these cottages are featured in this collection. In 1898, motor vehicles were banned from the island, a ban that remains in place today, with the exception of emergency vehicles and construction equipment. Over the past 150 years, Mackinac Island has remained a favored vacation spot known for its beautiful views, architecture, history, fudge, lilacs, and the 600 working horses that are truly the backbone of the island.  Although time has passed, the sights, smells, and sounds of Mackinac Island have not. Take a look through our collection, and you can begin to discover all Mackinac Island has to offer.

 

 

 

Copyright and Permissions.

 

Many of the images in this collection are in the Public Domain, and as such can be utilized without worry for copyright.

 

All other materials may be utilized for personal use, or under Fair Use as defined by Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Law.

 

Any reproduction of these images for commercial, or financial gain, is prohibited unless permission is given by their respective copyright holders.

 

 

 

Contact Information

 

Please send us your comments or suggestions regarding the collection.

 

E-mail: Sample@uwm.edu

 

Phone: 414-229-4785

 

Mailing address:

 

Golda Meir Library

 

2311 E Hartford Ave.

 

Milwaukee, WI 53211

 

 

 

Select the collections to add or remove from your search
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
W
X
Y
Z
 
OK