2006-10-07 / News

Mackinac Associates Will Fund Exhibit, Booklet

A souvenir booklet for Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, a children's discovery exhibit at Colonial Michilimackinac, and personal belongings of a former commandant at Fort Mackinac are among projects that will receive funding from Mackinac Associates this year. The nonprofit friends group for Mackinac State Historic Parks designated $79,500 for programs and projects at a meeting of its board of trustees Saturday, September 16, in Mackinaw City.

Among the grants are:

 $32,000 for Mackinac State Historic Parks'Education Outreach program, which brings the cultural and natural history of Mackinac to more than 9,000 students around the state each year.

 $25,000 to help purchase a collection of artifacts relating to William Whistler, who was a commanding officer of Fort Mackinac in 1833. The $54,000 purchase includes a portrait, two pistols dating to 1820, and a gorget depicting Winnebago Chief Red Bird surrendering to Commandant Whistler.

 $8,000 toward a souvenir booklet promoting the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse. The restored lighthouse was reopened to the public in 2004.

 $5,000 toward production of an audio-visual program that will preview Colonial Michilimackinac attractions.

 $4,000 to replace the entrance banners at Historic Mill Creek.

 $3,000 toward "Mackinac History," a park publication that will highlight stories of the Straits area.

 $2,500 for design of a new hands-on children's discovery area at Colonial Michilimackinac.

Mackinac Associates hosts events throughout the year to raise funds for the preservation of the natural and historical resources at Mackinac State Historic Parks.

The Mackinac Associates board of trustees includes President Glen Young, Vice President Joe Brandonisio, Secretary and Treasurer Peter Marabell, Penny Barr, Ollie Boynton, Katie Darrow, Brian Dunnigan, Tracy Hardin, Tom Lockwood, Mary Maurer, and Lin Sheppard.

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