Mackinac Island Combo

This combo includes the Mackinac Our Famous Island program DVD and the Mackinac: An Island Famous In These Regions hardcover book.

This is Mackinac Island. Its stories are many and they read like legend. From the earliest days of civilization, people have recognized how special Mackinac really is. It has lived many different lives, from native sanctuary to bustling commerce hub to a resort where you relax and reconnect with a time long forgotten. It is a place of beauty and charm. Of history and heroism. Of survival and rebirth. Get to know the amazing stories behind the hallmarks of a Mackinac Island visit. Travel along the shore and trails to take in its natural beauty. Visit the fort to take a deep dive into the stories of how civilization came to the island. Take a stroll down Main and Market Street to learn about how Mackinac has continued to thrive as a destination for people throughout the world. And, perhaps most importantly, get to know the people who still work to preserve this “gem of the Great Lakes.” There are many famous islands in the world, but for the Great Lakes region, this is our famous island.

MACKINAC ISLAND has always been a special place. More than 300 years ago Jesuit missionary Father Claude Dablon, after listening to Native American Stories and legends, described Mackinac as “an Island famous in these regions.” Mackinac is still famous, today, even though the waves of history have washed new peoples, industries, and technology onto her shores. These changes have enhanced, not reduced Mackinac Island’s distinctive character and allure.
For centuries the Great Lakes served as a water highway connecting distant peoples and places. Mackinac Island, in the center of this water highway, became a convenient gathering place for water travelers. These same waters gave life to abundant natural resources, which provided food for subsistence and products for Mackinac’s earliest industries.

This is the story of Mackinac Island as seen though the experiences of the people who gathered here: worshipers, hunters, traders, soldiers, fisherman, and tourist. No single group of gatherers, no single chapter in Mackinac Island’s history, takes precedence. It is the sum of its many chapters that makes Mackinac such an interesting, important, and famous place.