A Scandalous Weekend on Tap at Colonial Michilimackinac

Who doesn’t love a little gossip?

Colonial Michilimackinac will be hosting its first “Secrets and Scandals” weekend September 19-20. This new themed weekend will present visitors with a variety of programs focusing on some of Michilimackinac’s lesser known history. Each program will examine an aspect of Michilimackinac’s past that caused the original residents to gossip and share secrets with one another.

“Most people secretly enjoy a bit a gossip, and this is our chance to share some, even if the secrets are two centuries old,” said Craig Wilson, Mackinac State Historic Parks Curator of History.

All special programs are included with regular admission to Colonial Michilimackinac. The schedule for the weekend includes:

  • 9:30 a.m. – Musket Demonstration
  • 10:00 a.m. – “The women are no more laborious than the men:” Michilimackinac in 1749 program
  • 11:00 a.m. – Matrosses’ Misfortune: Artillery Demonstration
  • 12:00 p.m. – The Doctor’s Secret Journal: Fact or Fiction? Program
  • 1:00 p.m. – Patrick Sinclair’s Scandalous Summer of 1780 Program
  • 2:00 p.m. – Musket Firing
  • 3:00 p.m. – Treason? Robert Rogers at Michilimackinac Program
  • 4:00 p.m. – Matrosses’ Misfortune: Artillery Demonstration
  • 4:30 p.m. – Musket Firing

Appropriate social distancing will take place during all events, and all guests are expected to wear masks inside buildings, when social distancing is impossible, and when interacting with our staff.


Mackinac State Historic Parks, a family of living history museums and parks in northern Michigan’s Straits of Mackinac, is an agency within the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Its sites—which are accredited by the American Alliance of Museums—include Fort Mackinac, the Biddle House, The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, Historic Downtown Mackinac, and Mackinac Island State Park on Mackinac Island, and Colonial Michilimackinac, Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park and Michilimackinac State Park in Mackinaw City. Mackinac State Historic Parks is governed by the Mackinac Island State Park Commission, established in 1895 to protect, preserve and present the parks’ rich historic and natural resources for the education and recreation of future generations. Visitor information is available at (231) 436-4100 or on the web at