Category Archives : Michigan


Michigan Explorers & Pioneers Tell Their Own Stories   Recently updated !

Some visitors to History of the Great Lakes States might think these old books and articles, nearly all published before 1924, would be of little interest and hard to relate to. It is true that conventional written English and common expressions of 100 or 200 years ago can be a bit harder to read, at […]


Thinking of Visiting Northern Michigan?

Squeeze some history into your trip! To make that easier, we have two directories of Museums and Historic Sites in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan; one for the western part and one for the east. Sites on these two lists have regular public hours (in the summer anyway), have websites, and are at least partly […]


Pontiac’s War: British Forts Under Attack

As a boy I visited Fort Michilimackinac and learned how the Indians, playing a ball game next to the fort in 1763, used a ruse to get warriors inside the gate. They then attacked the British garrison and took the fort. This was just one of many similar attacks on British forts in the region […]