Mackinac State Historic Park is Getting Ready for the 2022 Season

Mackinac State Historic Park says that winter is over, it’s time to get ready for the 2022 season.

The new season begins in May, and the staff has been busy. They’ve been readying new tours, exhibits and more.

This year is also special to the parks since 2022 marks the 200 year anniversary of the incident that led to Dr. William Beaumont’s experiments. The incident was a young man getting shot in 1822 and then saved by Beaumont. This accident led to more experimentations done by Beaumont that would lead to understanding more about human digestion, but also leave discoveries that are still used in the health field today.

To celebrate this anniversary, the park is remodeling the Dr. Beaumont Museum to include a new exhibit detailing Beaumont’s experiments and scientific process.

They are also remodeling the Schoolhouse at Fort Mackinac to be the Reading Room as it would have been known in the 1880s. It will be an interactive space that allows you to explore popular titles of the 1880s, read the latest newspaper or periodical and get a better understanding of what it was like to be a soldier.

The Reading Room is scheduled to open on May 3 with the rest of Fort Mackinac.

“There’s so much history involved with them, and especially in Mackinac Island and Mill Creek state parks, the natural beauty, I’m biased of course. I live and work here, but the natural beauty is unparalleled in northern Michigan. They’re simply stunning,” said Dominick Miller, the Chief of Marketing for Mackinac State Historic Parks.

Of course the remodeling is not the only thing that park will be doing this year. There are still special events, tours, and demonstrations to be had.

For a full list of what’s happening at the Mackinac State Historic Park can be found here.